• Short Summary

    JAPAN'S FIRST NUCLEAR-POWERED SEA FREIGHTER, THE "MUTSU" WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (12 JUNE) FROM A TOKYO SHIPYARD.

  • Description

    JAPAN'S FIRST NUCLEAR-POWERED SEA FREIGHTER, THE "MUTSU" WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (12 JUNE) FROM A TOKYO SHIPYARD. THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED BY PRINCESS MICHIKO, WHO CUT A ROPE TO SMASH A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE AGAINST THE HULL. WITH HER WAS HER HUSBAND, CROWN PRINCE AKIHITO.

    THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, MR. EISAKU SATO, WITH OTHER MINISTERS AND HIGH OFFICIALS, ATTENDED THE CEREMONY IN THE SHIPYARD OF I.H.I. (ISHIKAWAJIMA-HARIMA HEAVY INDUSTRIES).

    THE SHIP WAS FORMALLY NAMED BY MR. SHUICHI SUZUKI, PRESIDENT OF THE JAPAN NUCLEAR SHIP DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, WHICH ORDERED THE MUTSU, AND THEN CROWN PRINCESS MICHIKO BEGUN THE LAUNCH BY CUTTING A ROPE WITH A GOLDEN AXE.

    THE MUTSU WILL BE THE WORLD'S FOURTH NUCLEAR MERCHANT SHIP, FOLLOWING THE SOVIET ICEBREAKER "LENIN", THE UNITED STATES CARGO VESSEL "SAVANNAH" AND THE WEST GERMAN ORE CARRIER "OTTO HAHN".

    THE VESSEL STILL HAS TO BE FITTED OUT BEFORE IT IS READY TO RECEIVE ITS NUCLEAR REACTOR, BUILT BY MITSUBISHI ATOMIC POWER INDUSTRIES, IN ABOUT A YEAR'S TIME. IT IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN JANUARY 1972.

    THE MUTSU, AN EXPERIMENTAL CRAFT, IS DESIGNED TO CRUISE FOR ABOUT 145,000 SEA MILES (233,000 KM) - SEVEN TIMES ROUND THE WORLD, AT A SERVICE SPEED OF 16.5 KNOTS (26.4 KPH), USING ONLY 2.8 TONS OF LOW-ENRICHMENT URANIUM OXIDE FUEL.

    IT IS AN EXPERIMENTAL VESSEL PLANNED TO GIVE JAPAN THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE TO ENTER THE "NUCLEAR SHIP AGE" ON COMPETITIVE TERMS. MUCH ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO SAFETY FROM RADIATION HAZARDS. THE MUTSU CAN ALSO TRAVEL AT 10 KNOTS (16 KPH) USING AN AUXILIARY BOILER, IN CASE THE NUCLEAR REACTOR BREAKS DOWN.

    CONTRACT PRICE OF THE MUTSU IS ABOUT 6.9 MILLION STERLING (ABOUT 15 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS) OF WHICH JUST OVER HALF GOES TO THE SHIPBUILDERS, THE REST TO THE NUCLEAR POWER COMPANY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACDKFCW32G8WC60FGWLWSWM55A
    Media URN:
    VLVACDKFCW32G8WC60FGWLWSWM55A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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