Records of Ben Odeco Limited, shipping and oil drilling company, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Ben Ocean Lancer building contract, contract negotiations and building documentation, 1974-1977;
  • Ship publicity and photograph files, c1970s-1980s;
  • Ben Odeco letterheads and ship graphics, c1970s;
  • Rectangular Ben Odeco sticker, c1970s-1980s;
  • Circular Ben Odeco sticker, c1970s-1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ben Odeco Limited was set up in 1974 as a joint 50:50 oil exploration drilling venture by Ben Line Offshore Contractors Ltd (BLOC) with Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company Ltd (ODECO) of New Orleans, U.S.A. BLOC itself was established in 1973 by The Ben Line Steamers Limited whose board decided to diversify into the oil industry. They set it up as a majority shareholder with North Sea Assets and Royal Bank Development Limited making up the balance of the shares. BLOC's involvement in Ben Odeco Limited is its only activity reflected in the records of this collection, and the majority of the records were created by the Ben Line's group publicity manager A. M. Peill alongside other publicity records of the Ben Line group.

The following vessels and rigs were owned or operated by the company:  

In June 1992 the joint-venture company came to an end, with its remaining rigs either transfered to full Ben Line Group ownership or sold outright to Odeco.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : June 2013 : ACCN 3773

Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : February 2013 : ACCN 3744

Transfer : Edinburgh University Library : June 2006 : ACCN 2949

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

All Materials held by Ben Line Group Limited until it was wound down in 2000. Thereafter transfered to and held by E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd until deposit at GUAS, with exception of ACCN 2949, containing voyage account books and voyage account boxes, which were held by Edinburgh University Library until transfer to GUAS in 2006.


None expected

Related Material

Related Ben Line Group companies GB 248 UGC 199, in particular Atlantic Drilling Company Limited GB 248 UGC 199/7

Location of Originals

This material is original


Somner, G.Ben Line: Fleet List and Short History. Kendal, England: World Ship Society , 1st edition 1967 , 2nd edition 1980 .Strachan, M.The Ben Line 1825-1982. Norwich: Michael Russell , 1992 .Somner, G.Ben Line. Preston: Ships in Focus Publications , 2009 .

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by .

Family Names