• Short Summary

    The largest tanker ever built by a Spanish shipyard was said to be the first ship of its size to be launched down a shipway anywhere in the world on thursday (14 November).

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    The largest tanker ever built by a Spanish shipyard was said to be the first ship of its size to be launched down a shipway anywhere in the world on thursday (14 November).

    Previously, ships of this size -- mostly built in Japan -- were floated out of the dry docks rather than launched.

    The unusual launching -- with a bottle of non-alcoholic cold tea instead of the traditional champagne -- however, almost turned into a dampening start when the tanker sent a big tidal wave ashore and swamped spectators' cars parked on the wharf.

    The ship -- of more than 360,000 tons -- was built for the Gulf Oil Company of Kuwait -- hence the Moslem ban on champagne. It was the seventh to be built in Spain for the company and its affiliated companies.

    The vessel, the Al-Andalus, pushed Gulf Oil's total fleet tonnage to over 1.3 million tons. Its fleet now includes ten tankers capable of shipping 12 million tons of oil annually from Kuwait to Europe or America and about 21 million tons from Kuwait to Japan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF42DKC7TW9K2O0XBF7OMR4ECQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAF42DKC7TW9K2O0XBF7OMR4ECQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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