• Short Summary

    THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL TANKER, THE 150,000-TON TOKYO MARU WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AT YOKOHAMA, 25 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) SOUTH OF TOKYO.

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    AERIAL VIEW TANKER IN DRY DOCK; CROWD, STREAMERS ON DOCK; WATER FILLING DOCK; SHIP'S NAME UNVEILED; END-OFF AERIAL.




    Initials RC/V/JF/K


    EDITORS: SEE ALSO PRODUCTION NO. 9175/65 SERVICED 24TH SEPTEMBER, 1965 SHOWING THE SHIP NEAR COMPLETION.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL TANKER, THE 150,000-TON TOKYO MARU WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AT YOKOHAMA, 25 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) SOUTH OF TOKYO.

    IT'S TAKEN ONLY 150 DAYS TO PREPARE THE GIANT TANKER FOR THE LAUNCHING AT THE ISHIKAWAJIMA SHIPYARD.

    ABOUT 2,5000 GUESTS ATTENDING A COLORFUL CEREMONY WAS MISS YASUKO JOCHI, DAUGHTER OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE KOWA OIL COMPANY, CUT A ROPE WHICH TRIGGERED MECHANISM TO FILL THE TOKYO MARU'S DOCK WITH WATER.

    THE VESSEL IS SO HUGE THAT SHE COULD NOT BE LAUNCHED IN THE CONVENTIONAL MANNER. FIRST, SHE HAD TO BE FLOATED IN THE DOCK, AND THEN HAULED OUT TO SEA.

    THE TOKYO MARU COST NEARLY GBP 4 1/2-MILLION STERLING TO BUILD; IS MORE THAN 1,000 FEET (306 METRES) LONG; 154 FEET (47 1/2-METRES) WIDE AND NEARLY 80 FEET (24 METRES) HIGH.

    HER CAPACITY IS NEARLY NINE-MILLION 260-THOUSAND DRUMS - EACH DRUM CONTAINING 50 GALLONS (200 LITRES - AND SHE'LL TRANSPORT OIL BETWEEN THE PERSIAN GULF AND JAPAN.

    THE TANKER WAS BUILT ON ASSEMBLY-LINE PROCESS, WITH HUGE CRANES LIFTING 30 TON BLOCKS INTO POSITION. SHE'LL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF DECEMBER.

    JAPANESE COMPANIES ARE PLANNING TO BUILD OTHER MASSIVE TANKERS EVEN LARGER THAN THE TOKYO MARU, WEIGHING UP TO 3000,000 TONS, SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT APPROVAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACAC4QPGNA4VRPSMWFNI2K2529
    Media URN:
    VLVACAC4QPGNA4VRPSMWFNI2K2529
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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