• Short Summary

    Another in the rapidly growing generation of super-tankers set sail on her maiden voyage from a Japanese shipyard on Wednesday (February 21).

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    Another in the rapidly growing generation of super-tankers set sail on her maiden voyage from a Japanese shipyard on Wednesday (February 21).

    The vessel is the "Globtik Tokyo" and, at 483,000 tons it is the world's largest oil tanker.

    Getting under way from the Kure shipyard where her massive, oil-carrying bulk was put together, she represents a twenty-story building in height, with an overall length (379 metres) that exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower (301 metres), and a deck area which could accommodate two-and-a-half football fields or 79 tennis courts.

    The "Globtik Tokyo", however, will be the world's largest tanker for a limited period only. Already, in the same shipyard that built her, the Keel has been laid for another giant. That one will eventually make her maiden voyage as a 500,000-tonner.

    SYNOPSIS: From a Japanese shipyard on Wednesday, another in the rapidly-growing generation of super-tankers was ready to set sail. The vessel is the "Globtik Tokyo", which at four-hundred-and-eighty-three-thousand tons, is the world's largest.

    The rudder weighs two hundred and fifty tons, and the deck area can accommodate seventy-nine tennis courts.

    She's equivalent to a twenty-storey building in height, and her length is greater than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

    Despite its massive size, the "Globtik Tokyo" carries a crew of only fifty. Virtually every aspect of this tanker this automated... the captain and other officers oversee the whole operation through television sets and other electronic instruments.

    The "Globtik Tokyo" was built by the Kure shipyard in Japan. Its cost of twenty-one million sterling was financed by a joint Anglo-Japanese venture.

    It is the world's largest vessel, but for a limited period only. Already, in the same shipyard which built her, the keel has been laid for another giant. And that one will eventually make her maiden voyage as a five-hundred-thousand-tonner.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4QCXCG3YRJ8283ES1GCALCJGG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4QCXCG3YRJ8283ES1GCALCJGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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