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Largest ship (cargo ship)

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  • Who: Jahre Viking

  • What: Largest ship (cargo ship)

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The world's largest ship of any kind is the oil tanker Jahre Viking (formerly the Happy Giant and Seawise Giant), at 564,763 tonnes (1,245 billion lb) deadweight and 260,815 grt. The tanker is 458.45 m (1,504 ft) long overall, has a beam of 68.8 m (226 ft) and a draught of 24.61 m (80 ft 9 in). Declared a total loss after being disabled by severe bombardment in 1987-8 during the Iran-Iraq war, the tanker underwent extensive renovation in Singapore and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, costing some $60 million (£34 million) and was relaunched under its new name in November 1991.


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