The world's largest ship, the 477,000-ton deadweight tanker Globtik Tokyo, was launched at the Japanese port of Kura on Saturday (14 October).
The world's largest ship, the 477,000-ton deadweight tanker Globtik Tokyo, was launched at the Japanese port of Kura on Saturday (14 October). The ship is one of two of the same tonnage ordered from Japan by Kashmiri shipping magnate Rabi Tikkoo to carry 130 million gallons (580 million litres) of crude oil per voyage from the Middle East to Japanese refineries.
The Globtik Tokyo will go into service next February when it is chartered by a Japanese firm from Mr. Tikkoo's London-based Globtik Tanker Company. The tanker is more than 100,000 tons heavier than the Nisseki Maru, previously the world's largest ship.
The 379-metre (1,250-foot) Globtik Tokyo has deck space sufficient for 79 tennis courts and its length is the height of New York's Empire State Building. The owner and president of Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI), the builders, predicted that it will not long remain the world's largest ship. Technology exists to build vessels up to one-million tons, but at present ports to handle such mammoth ships are not available.
SYNOPSIS: The shipyard was decorated specially for the launching ceremony on Saturday. Built by Ishkawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, IHI, the supertanker is one of two ordered by Kashmiri shipping magnate Rabi Tikkoo, here shown arriving with his wife.
Everything is ready and Mrs. Tikkoo cuts the ribbon for an unorthodox launching. because of its size, the tanker could not move down a launching slipway. Instead, sea water gushed into the enormous dry dock, and it was expected to take two days to full with enough water to float the tanker into Kure harbour.
Mr. Tikkoo then said eh was considering ordering tankers of up to seven-hundred thousand tons.