The largest merchant ship ever to be built for a Japanese owner -- the 47,300-deadweight-ton supertanker Kakuho Maru -- is launched at the Maizuru shipyard of Iino Shipbuilding and Engineering Company.
Roll One (Devneg) - 20 ft test exposure at head. Workers on deck of the large tanker. Water pouring into the drydock. Men opening the dock duct to allow water to come in to float the ship. The dock is half filled the previous day; then it takes all morning of launching day to fill up the dock with enough water to float the tanker so that the can be towed out to sea. Workers who helped to build the ship looking out of an opening in the hull. Close shot of the ship's name, Kakuho Maru -- then during the dock launching - a long shot of the tanker floating in the dock. At the climax of the launching ceremony, attended by 3,000 guests, decorated sphere suspended from bow of ship breaks open, showering confetti. The ship is slowly towed out of dock. (Footage so far shot by first camera. Rest of the footage exposed in second camera shows:) Workers boarding the tanker before the launching. Anchor being hoisted. Water entering the dock. Workers looking down from opening in hull. 3/4 Workers opening dock. Workers stretching cables holding the tanker in position in center of dock. Gate of shipyard. Sign. Arch. Band walks toward camera, headed by company flag. Conductor, President Kensuke Matano of Iino Lines christens the ship. Invited guests. Natano cuts the tape. Full view of decorated bow. Applauding spectators. CU Axe. Applauding workers. Launch at dock exit to prevent tanker from hitting dockside as she goes out into the harbor. Workers on tanker waving to shore. Full shot of the tanker outside the dock.
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Background: The largest merchant ship ever to be built for a Japanese owner -- the 47,300-deadweight-ton supertanker Kakuho Maru -- is launched at the Maizuru shipyard of Iino Shipbuilding and Engineering Company.
The size of the new tanker -- which will just manage to/fit into Suez Canal -- is indicated by its length: 221.5 meter. Her propeller weighs 28 tons - equivalent to the weight of eight elephants. The tanker's breadth is 30.5 meters, depth 15.2 meters and fully loaded draught, 11.33 meters. The giant will be equipped with a Iino-Sulzer diesel engine of 15,600 B.H.P. which will be the most powerful marine diesel ever to be installed in a Japanese ship. She will have trial speed of 16 knots.
When completed the Kakuho Maru will belong to Iino Kaiun, biggest shipping Firm in Japan.