The first sea trials of the world's largest oil-tanker, the "Universe Apollo", were filmed Jan 29 off Kure, Japan.
The first sea trials of the world's largest oil-tanker, the "Universe Apollo", were filmed Jan 29 off Kure, Japan. The 104,500 ton giant, sailing under the Liberian "flag of convenience" plowed through the sea at a speed of 17 1/2 knots while engineers checked the intricate machinery. The tanker is owned by the National Bulk Carriers, Inc. of New York.
On Feb 16 the Universe Apollo will start it's maiden voyage to the Persian Gulf to load oil for the Idemitsu Oil Company of Japan.
Launched Dec 6 1958 the Universe Apollo was built in the record time of five months at a cost of GBP4,629,629. Her loading capacity is 103,000 tons of oil and her four pumps can fill or empty her in 15 hours. The single, five-blade 24.5 ft diameter propeller driven by a 25,000 Horse Power turbine gives the ship a top speed of 15 knots, faster than most warships. Carrying 15,000 tons of fuel for her own consumption the Universe Apollo can stay three and a half months at sea.
The Universe Apollo was built at the Kure Dockyard, leased to the National Bulk Carriers, Inc. by the Japanese Government.
Gigantic vessels like the Universe Apollo have long been contemplated by oil companies as one way of assuring continuous flow of oil to the west since the nationalization of the Suez Canal. The Universe Apollo can only sail through the Suez Canal in ballast. Fully loaded she has to use the Cape Route.