The world's largest tanker, a 372,400 ton mammoth Japanese-built oil carrier, costing 9,600 yen (11 million sterling), has been undergoing sea trials off the western coast of Japan.
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Background: The world's largest tanker, a 372,400 ton mammoth Japanese-built oil carrier, costing 9,600 yen (11 million sterling), has been undergoing sea trials off the western coast of Japan. The keel of the tanker -- the "Nisseki Maru" -- was laid in November last year and delivery is scheduled for next month, two months ahead of the original time limit dictated by the contract.
The ship is fully automated and equipped with computers to control every part of the running operations and carries a crew of 35, including four females. The women are the first ever employed on an ocean-going Japanese cargo vessel and will work as stewardesses when "Nisseki Maru" goes into service in the Persian Gulf.