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There are thousands of ships that hath saileth back then and now in the oceanic floor. But, there are at least ten of them that are the biggest oil tankers in the world.


Effectuating around ninety percent of transporting goods and passengers, the international maritime industry undeniably holds a far-reaching role in the world of business or trade. The International Shipping Chamber states that there are over fifty-thousand vessels, currently be engaging in commerce. Specifically, carrying a variety of cargos every day. Ships as oil tankers, container vessels, bulk carriers, are just a few of the examples. As a matter of fact, there has been an enormous change of the worldwide trade pattern over the past decades. And that is because of the involvement of containership and tankers in the shipping industry.

What is an oil tanker?

To define, an oil tanker is also as a petroleum tanker. It is a merchant vessel built for a bulk shipment of oil. In essence, there are two kinds of oil tankers, the product tanker, and the crude tanker. A crude tanker carries unrefined crude oil in large quantities, from the extraction point to the refineries. On the other hand, a product tanker is usually much smaller. It is laid out to transport refined products or goods from refineries to the markets of consumers.

Generally, oil tankers are classified by their size and occupation. Their size types vary from coastal or inland tankers of a less than thousand metric tons of deadweight. Basically, to the mammoth ULCCs of 550,000 deadweights. Oil tankers have been transporting oil of roughly 2 billion metric tons every year.

As years go by, emerging types of oil tankers take place. An ideal example is the naval replenishment oiler. It is a tanker that can actually fuel a ship that is moving. Aside from this, a permanently floating storage units and ore-bulk-carriers are two other innovations of a standard oil tanker. Oil tankers are apparently have been involving many high-profile and detrimental oil spills. Thus, these ships are liable to operational control and governance. As well, they’re subject to rigorous design or structure.



What are the biggest oil tankers in the world?

No ships before and even the current times has ever beat the world’s largest ship in the world. In fact, it was a tanker and she was the longest ships ever built in the history. The Seawise Giant has gone through many names and owners until she was scrapped after thirty years of service.

Next on the list are also the world’s known biggest oil tankers, after the Seawise Giant.

Ship / Vessel DWT Overall Length Years in service Other remarks
Pierre Guillaumat 555,051 454.423m 1977-1983 The ship has been facing struggles due to constraints regarding her occupation or purpose of existence. She was already a scrap.
Prairial 555,046 414.22m 1979-2003 This oil tanker had a strangely great and dynamic career for one of these giants of the oceans.
Batillus 553,662 414.22m 1976-1985 She was in service for the Shell Oil particularly a French brand. She’s been serving the ocean floor for less than ten years before place into scrap for almost 8 million dollars.
Bellamya 553,662 414.22m 1976-1986 She was a supertanker, under the French branch Shell Oil.
Esso Atlantic 516,421 406.57m 1977-2002 One of the ships that cannot pass through the Panama Canal, Suez Canal and the English Channel due to its fully laden draft.
Esso Pacific 516,421 406.57m 1977-2002
The TI Class 441,893 380m 2002-present Consist of four giant tankers known to be fantastic four. They are the largest vessels in the world, which uniquely have double hulls.
Berge Emperor 423,697 381.82m 1975-1986 She was a tanker from Japan by the Mitsui Group. Before she’s a scrap, she only has short productive years of service.
Berge Empress 423,697 381.82m 1976-2004