• Short Summary

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST TANKER, THE 209,000-TON IDEMITSU MARU, WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) IN A FLOATING CONSTRUCTION DOCK AT YOKOHAMA, 35 MILES (56 KMS) SOUTH OF TOKYO.

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    THE WORLD'S LARGEST TANKER, THE 209,000-TON IDEMITSU MARU, WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) IN A FLOATING CONSTRUCTION DOCK AT YOKOHAMA, 35 MILES (56 KMS) SOUTH OF TOKYO. THE TANKER IS 1,122 FEET (342 METRES) LONG, AND IS ALMOST 58,000 TONS HEAVIER THAN THE TOKYO MARU, UNTIL NOW THE LARGEST SHIP AFLOAT.

    THE IDEMITSU MARU HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SEVEN MONTHS AND SHOULD BE READY FOR SERVICE IN NOVEMBER. SHE WILL BE USED BY THE IDEMITSU TANKER COMPANY TO CARRY OIL FROM THE PERSIAN GULF OF JAPAN.

    BECAUSE OF HER GREAT LENGTH THE SHIP HAS HER BRIDGE AMIDSHIPS, INSTEAD OF ART, TO AID NAVIGATION. SHE WILL BE DRIVEN BY A 33,000-HORSEPOWER TURBINE, AND THE CAPTAIN WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL HIS SHIP AND CREW WITH THE AID OF HUNDREDS OF CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION UNITS THROUGHOUT THE SHIP.

    THE TANKER IS NOT LIKELY TO HOLD HER POSITION AS THE BIGGEST SHIP AFLOAT FOR VERY LONG. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMPANY WHICH BUILT HER SAID THAT WORK WOULD PROBABLY START NEXT YEAR ON 276,000-TON TANKER, AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THAT IT IS CONSIDERING BUILDING A 500,000-TON TANKER.

    THE IDEMITSU MARU WAS BLESSED BY A PRIEST BEFORE THE DOCK WAS FLOODED TO FLOAT HER. THE LAUNCHING WAS WATCHED BY THE DOCKWORKERS WHO HELPED TO BUILD HER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2EK8U1DTVM6M8GAQHQB2AJMA
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2EK8U1DTVM6M8GAQHQB2AJMA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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