Len Fiddock Tribute

Len Fiddock, MBE – RIP

It is with great sadness that I have just heard from Len’s wife, Kathryn, that Len passed away on Wednesday, 28th December. Len was 93.

Len was an early employee of ACT, pre-1970, having transferred from conventional shipping operations with Blue Star Line. When ACT(A) left the initial AECS (Australia-Europe Container Service) and started an independent service with ANL in 1972, Len headed the European Trade Commercial Department. I was a lucky employee to work with Len in those years until his retirement in 1985. For his services to shipping, Len was awarded the MBE.

Len had for many years lived in Ilford before moving down to Barham, near Canterbury. Len’s beloved first wife died  during his residency there...

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Mary Kenderdine RIP

Jacque and Bob Cubin

It appears that the jungle drums have missed a beat, sad to report the loss of Keith’s wife Mary who passed away, surrounded by family, on Thursday April 6th.

We send our condolences to Keith and his family.

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What Are The Odds?

From Mark Page:

Today at Chepstow, the first race was won by a horse called Resolution Bay (at 100/30), and the third race by a horse called Act Four(at 12/1)!!! 

Resolution Bay, this was an OCL ship on which ACT had space sharing and joint ship scheduling arrangements during the 1970a, 1980s, through to 1991.

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ACTA Our Personal Service July 1977

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ACT Return June 1988

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You’ll Never Make A Wiser Decision Feb 1988

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The UK’s ACT Group

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Marjorie Weatherston RIP

It is with sadness that we have learned from Ian that his beloved wife Marjorie died peacefully on Sunday, 26th February, with their eldest daughter and Ian beside her. Marjorie had been suffering a long time from Motor Neurone Disease and had been amazingly brave, despite this cruel illness, says Ian.

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Geoff Perks RIP

I have received recent notification from Melanie, the daughter of Geoff Perks, that Geoff died in October last year.

Geoff Perks was the former Secretary of the New Zealand Tonnage Committee (NZTC) and New Zealand Europe Shipping Association (NZESA) and was a respected friend of ACT and the other shipping lines in the Europe/NZ trades. He attended negotiations with the meat, dairy and wool trade representatives over many years during the 1970s and 1980s. Geoff also attended one of our reunions a few years back.

I regret that further information is sparse, but we have received the following tribute messages:

I remember Geoff very well and how helpful he was to me when I was the new Boy attending NZ Conference Accounting meetings etc.

I would guess he may have got as ‘high’ as aged 90...

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Captain Ifor Owen – RIP

It is with deep regret that I must advise the sudden passing of Ifor this afternoon (1st February).  Ifor and Clare recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary and although he had been suffering from a shortness of breath, I did speak with him early this afternoon. I had made arrangements to visit him tomorrow morning so news of his death was a great shock.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Graham Poynter
Ex Blueport / BSL


Captain I B Owen     –       19 February 1930 – 1 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn of Captain Ifor Owen’s death yesterday afternoon at home after a very short illness. Our sincere condolences to Clare his wife of 60 years and their family.
Ifor, a very proud Welshman started his career as a cadet with Lamport & Holt Line back in 19...

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Phil Kelly – OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) – RIP

It is with great sadness to report the death this morning of Phil Kelly in Melbourne.
Phil was born in that City in 1928. Phil joined Port Line’s Melbourne Agents, Gibbs Bright, in 1947, and was appointed Assistant Manager of their Shipping Division in 1959. in 1967, Phil joined ACTA, (then known as Trans-Ocean Containers), as the Victorian State Manager and was responsible for the establishment of the Company’s activities in that State.
As well as his responsibilities as State Manager, Phil also served on the Board of the Melbourne Harbour Trust. Phil retired from ACTA in the late 1980s when he took on the role of Victorian Secretary of the Australian Chamber of Shipping, which became part of Shipping Australia at a later date. Phil served this role until July last year...
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