Seawise Giant

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The size comparison between the Knock Nevis (in red) compared to other ships and buildings:      The Pentagon, 431 m      RMS Queen Mary 2, 345 m      USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 342 m      Hindenburg, 245 m      Yamato, 263 m      Empire State Building, 443 m      Knock Nevis, ex-Seawise Giant, 458 m

Seawise Giant (known later as the Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama, and Mont) was a ULCC supertanker. It was the longest ship ever built and had the greatest deadweight tonnage that has ever been recorded.[1] When it was heavily loaded, the ship had a displacement of 657,019 tonnes (646,642 long tons; 724,239 short tons) and had a draft of 24.6 m (81 ft).[2] Due to it's size and lack of maneuverability, it was not able to move through the English Channel, Suez Canal or the Panama Canal.[3]

The ship was built in 1979 by Sumitomo Heavy Industries at the Oppama shipyard in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.[4] The ship was sunk during the Iran–Iraq War but was salvaged, restored and put back into service.[5] The ship sailed its final journey in December 2009 after being sold to Indian ship breakers.[6] It was then intentionally beached in Alang, Gujarat, India and was demolished.[7]

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  2. "Seawise Giant – the Biggest Ship ever Built". Largest Ships in the World. Retrieved 2014-6-4. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "The world's biggest ship". The Tribune. Retrieved 2014-6-4. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. Clarkson Research Studies Ltd. (1987). Tanker Register 1987. International Publication Service. ISBN 0-8002-4143-6.
  5. "Seawise Giant: You Can't Keep a Good Ship Down". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2014-6-4. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "'Knock Nevis' purchased for close to $30m". Trade Winds. Retrieved 2014-6-4. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "Crude oil carrier Mont awaits clearance to dock at Alang". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-6-4. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)