• Short Summary

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST TANKER, THE 321-THOUSAND TON UNIVERSE IRELAND, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING INITIAL SEA TRIALS IN SAGAMI BAY, IN SOUTH-EAST JAPAN.

  • Description

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST TANKER, THE 321-THOUSAND TON UNIVERSE IRELAND, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING INITIAL SEA TRIALS IN SAGAMI BAY, IN SOUTH-EAST JAPAN.

    THE SHIP, BUILT FOR THE GULF OIL CORPORATION, IS ONE OF THREE HUGE TANKERS BEING BUILT IN JAPAN FOR THE COMPANY. IT WILL GO INTO SERVICE IN FOUR WEEKS.

    THE SHIP HAS TAKEN JUST UNDER TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. IT IS POWERED BY A 37,400 HORSE POWER STEAM TURBINE ENGINE, GIVING IT A LADEN CRUISING SPEED OF NEARLY 15 KNOTS.

    THE VESSEL IS 346 METRES (1,134 FEET) LONG WITH A BEAM OF 53 METRES (173 FEET). IT HAS TWENTY-FOUR TANK COMPARTMENTS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 380-THOUSAND KILOLITRES (83,500,000 IMPERIAL GALLONS).

    THE THREE SISTER SHIPS ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED AT A TOTAL COST OF 20-MILLION U.S. DOLLARS. THE SECOND SHIP IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR, AND THE THIRD, THE KEEL OF WHICH WILL BE LAID IN OCTOBER, IS EXPECTED TO BE LAUNCHED IN JUNE NEXT YEAR.

    THE UNIVERSE IRELAND WILL OPERATE BETWEEN THE GULF OF KUWAIT AND THE IRISH REFINERY AT BANTRY, ON THE SOUTH-WEST COAST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2XIHKKECKZ5ZC6O84IGRCGVNR
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XIHKKECKZ5ZC6O84IGRCGVNR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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