Jewish groups, Shell criticize name of giant ship set for use in North Sea oil rig dismantling

A Dutch-Swiss maritime engineering company is refusing to change the name of a giant ship being fitted out in Rotterdam that is named for a convicted Dutch Nazi.

The Pieter Schelte's name honors the father of Edward Heerema, founder and president of the ship's operator Allseas Group SA. Pieter Schelte Herrema is considered a pioneer in maritime engineering who helped open oil exploration in the North Sea.

But for Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain the name is a grim reminder of Pieter Schelte Heerema's World War II role as an officer in the Nazi's Waffen SS and his subsequent war crimes conviction.

In emailed answers to questions from The Associated Press, Allseas said Friday it has no plans to change the ship's name.