World’s largest ship outside Durban

Jan 13, 2004
Author: P&S

The world’s largest ship, the 564,650-DWT crude oil tanker Jahre Viking arrived off Durban at the weekend and is undergoing cleaning and demucking of residuals in the tanks.

The 458.5m long Norwegian ship, which is owned by First Olsen Tankers Ltd, is providing some useful work for a number of local companies during the anticipated seven to day stay. The main contract is with Port Marine Services, and the ships agents are GAC.

This is the second time Jahre Viking has used the Durban outer anchorage for this purpose, the previous occasion being in 2001.

According to the owner’s spokesman in Durban the ship is also undergoing inspection ahead of a planned dry-docking at Dubai. A number of people from the Dubai shipyards are using the opportunity to go on board and inspect the vessel ahead of quoting for the contract.

First Olsen Tankers Ltd hopes to place the vessel in service with Maersk Oil Qatar at the Al Shasheen oil field as a fuel storage vessel, or FSO – fuel storage and offloading.

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