I’m just flying over Newfoundland, Canada on my way back from what’s becoming my second home now - Houston, Texas. I don’t know if you do it when you’re flying, but I tend to think-back on my life, well that is, ever since I stopped flying with a hangover after a big night out doing the compulsory “smooching” with clients. I certainly don’t miss those days, or do I?
The North West European market used to be really exciting, it was the happening place, new production in both UK and Norwegian sectors, lots of load ports such as Sullom Voe, Braefoot Bay, Grangemouth, Flotta, Tees and Karstoe. The entry of the petrochemical buyers such as ICI in Tees, Dow in Terneuzen, Norsk Hydro in Rafnes, and Esso in Stenungsund. The big boys were all there BP, Shell, Esso Europe, Texaco, Mobil, Gulf and Chevron.