Another super tanker produced by Japanese shipyards--the 87,500 tons "Naess Sovereign"--was launched June 26 at the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding yards in Nagasaki.
Another super tanker produced by Japanese shipyards--the 87,500 tons "Naess Sovereign"--was launched June 26 at the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding yards in Nagasaki. Built for the Anglo-American Shipping Company, the "Naess Sovereign" will be chartered by the Standard Oil Company to ship crude oil from the Persian Gulf to Australia and the Philippines.
Lady Melchett, wife of Lord Melchett, a director of the Anglo_American Shipping Company, performed the launching ceremony watched by 2,000 employees of the yard. 400 tons of steel chain was needed to check the speed of the monster ship as she slid smoothly down the slipway into the waters of the East China Sea. Great care was exercised, because the inlet at this point measures only 700 metres, and the "Naess Sovereign" is 266.7 metres in length.
Statistics; 37.2 metres wide; 19.5 metres from keel to deck; and a designed speed of 16.9 knots. She will begin trials in January 1961.
More and more super oil tankers are being built in Japanese shipyards. The world's largest - the "Universe Apollo" of 104,500 tons--was launched from Kure Dockyards Dec 6. 1958.