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Transporting seashells was the intriguing title of the talk given by the Rt Rev Stephen Platten.
The former bishop and regular Advertiser columnist spoke to Berwick Probus Club on Wednesday.
The seashells were not gathered from a beach. They were massive loads of chemicals and petroleum moved by road, rail and ship.
Mr Platten was commenting on his work with the Shell Company, the fourth largest in the world, for whom he worked in London.
He recounted the history of an organisation that started as Shell Transport and Trading company.
He had passed an interview and won a job with one of the world’s great companies, and he told the club of many of his experiences in a job which gave him much satisfaction.
The Shell tankers, with their seashell names, were the largest, known the world over.
Changes in the Shell structure and the way in which it had adapted to the massive impact of digitalisation, along with the reduction of staff numbers, was explained by the speaker.
He also answered a number of questions.