We have received the sad news that former Fleet Management Division (FMD) Electrical Superintendent Ken Blackett passed away on Saturday, 4 November 2023.
Ken was one of OCL's first superintendents, joining from P&O. His name appears on what is thought to be the first 'Fleet List' issued by Containers Fleets Ltd in June 1968. Ken was based in London (latterly Beagle House 3rd floor) until the P&O Containers and Nedlloyd Lines merger in 1997, following which he relocated to Rotterdam.
One of Ken's former colleagues was Brian Mullan, former 2OR (sea staff radio officer) and FMD Electronics Superintendent based in Beagle House. Brian has provided the following tribute:
Other former colleagues have also provided tributes and recollections of working with Ken:
Tony Greener (ex-FMD): "So sad to lose Ken. ‘Legendary Electrical knowledge and sense of humour’ sums it up. I worked with Ken in the London office and also 10 years in Rotterdam P&O Nedlloyd office. What a star. Early in our days in Rotterdam - we all were given apartments in ‘Scheepmakerskade’ (literally ship makers quay). It was so difficult to pronounce or even remember… one day Ken says ‘well that’s me finished today - I am off back to sheepshaggers’. The name remained the whole time we lived there. The lights have switched off for an amazing man - but great memories ensure it’s not a blackout. RIP Ken."
Ken's funeral takes place at 14:30 on 30 November at Bentley Crematorium, Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9RZ. There is also a web link for any of Ken's friends and former colleagues who can't be there in person but who would like to watch the service remotely. For the link for the latter, please email email@example.com.
Our deepest condolences go to Ken's family at this sad time.
Updated 29/11/2023 (web link and photographs kindly provided by Ken's son, Chris)