(VIDEO) Jahre Viking: A Supertanker that was the Longest Ship Ever

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Seawise Giant, later Happy GiantJahre VikingKnock NevisOppama, and finally Mont, was a ULCC supertanker that was the longest ship ever, built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan. It possessed the greatest deadweight tonnage ever recorded. Fully loaded, its displacement was 657,019 tonnes.

The heaviest ship of any kind, and with a laden draft of 24.6 m (81 ft), and an incredible length of 1504 ft (458 m), it was incapable of navigating the English Channel, the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal. Overall, it is generally considered the largest ship ever built. Its engines were powered by the Ljungström turbine technology.



It sank during the Iran–Iraq War, but was later salvaged and restored to the service. It was converted to a floating storage and offloading unit (FSO) in 2004, moored off the coast of Qatar in the Persian Gulf at the Al Shaheen Oil Field.

The vessel was sold to Indian ship-breakers and renamed Mont for its final journey in December 2009. After clearing Indian customs it sailed to Alang, Gujarat, where it was beached for scrapping.

For further intersting facts about the longest ship ever built, watch this awesome video!

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  1. Tonnage:
    260,941 GT
    214,793 NT
    564,763 DWT
    Displacement:
    81,879 long tons light load
    646,642 long tons full load
    Length:
    458.45 m (1,504.10 ft)
    Draft:
    24.611 m (80.74 ft)
    Depth:
    29.8 m (97.77 ft)
    Propulsion:
    2 Mitsubishi V2M8 boilers (Designed by Combustion Engineering)
    Sumitomo Stal-Laval AP steam turbine, 50,000 hp
    Speed:
    16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph

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