Owners Allseas Group SA announce they are to change the name of the Pieter Schelte

Pieter Schelte shipThe ship named after a Nazi war criminal is to be re-named after a Unite campaign.

The union set up a petition after hearing the Pieter Schelte – named after a Waffen SS officer who fought for the Nazis on the Eastern front and was later imprisoned for war crimes – was to operate in UK waters on a contract for Shell.

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Shell must surely understand that the name of this ship confers honour to a man, a war criminal, who brought misery and cruelty to the world. It is an affront to the memory of those who died in the war, an affront to those who fought to free the world of Nazi tyranny, and clearly an affront to Shell’s own values.”

As a result of the campaign, which was also waged by Jewish groups, the Dutch-Swiss owner Allseas Group SA has announced it is to change the name of the vessel.

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