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The ten biggest oil tankers ever built by deadweight tonnage (DWT):

1. The Seawise Giant 

  • DWT: 564,650
  • Length overall: 458.46m
  • Years in Service: 1979-2009
  • Status: Scrapped

Seawise Giant, also known as Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama, and finally Mont, was a ULCC supertanker and the longest ship ever built. in 2009 the vessel was sold to Indian ship breakers, and renamed Mont for her final journey in December of the same year. After clearing Indian customs, she was intentionally beached at Alang, Gujarat, India for demolition.

2. Pierre Guillaumat

  • DWT: 555,051
  • Length overall: 454.423m
  • Years in Service: 1977-1983
  • Status: Scrapped

The supertanker Pierre Guillaumat was  built in 1977 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for Compagnie Nationale de Navigation. Due to unprofitability, accentuated by the huge dimensions of the ship which placed restrictions on where she could be employed, the Pierre Guillaumat was put on hold at Fujairah anchorage in February 2, 1983. Later the same year the Pierre Guillaumat was purchased by the Hyundai Corporation and arrived to demolition in Ulsan, South Korea on October 19, 1983.

3. Prairial

  • DWT: 555,046
  • Length overall: 414.22m
  • Years in Service: 1979-2003
  • Status: Scrapped

The Prairial was built by the same team behind the #2 Pierre Guillaumat. She was the only ship of her class to have a career longer than ten years, sailing until 2003. She was scrapped in 2003 in the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan.

4. Batillus

  • DWT: 553,662
  • Length overall: 414.22m
  • Years in Service: 1976-1985
  • Status: Scrapped

The Batillus was built by the same shipyard as #2 and #3 for the French branch of Shell oil. On October 17, 1985, Royal Dutch Shell sold the ship for scrap for less than $8 million. Her last voyage was from Vestnes, Norway to Kaoshiung, Taiwan where she arrived on December 28, 1985.

5. Bellamya

  • DWT: 553,662
  • Length overall: 414.22m
  • Years in Service: 1976-1986
  • Status: Scrapped

The Bellamya was built by the same shipyard as #2, #3, and #4 also destined for the French branch of Shell oil. Active service ended when Bellamya was laid up at Vestnes, Norway, on January 26, 1984, and she arrived at Ulsan,South Korea on January 6, 1986 to be scrapped.

6. Esso Atlantic

  • DWT: 516,891
  • Length overall: 406.57m
  • Years in Service: 1977-2002
  • Status: Scrapped

During the Gulf War, before the ceasefire was declared, the Esso Atlantic was escorted through the Arabian Gulf by the British H.M.S.Scylla as part of the Armilla patrol. She was sold to Pakistan ship scrappers in 2002.

7. Esso Pacific

  • DWT: 516,421
  • Length overall: 406.57m
  • Years in Service: 1977-2002
  • Status: Scrapped

Not much is written about the Esso Pacific, she was scrapped in 2002 in the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan.

8. The TI Class (TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe, and TI Oceania)

  • DWT: 441,893
  • Length overall: 380m
  • Years in Service: 2002-present
  • Status: In service

The TI Class of ships are the largest double-hulled supertankers in the world. They are currently the largest ocean going ships in service. In 2009 and 2010, TI Asia and TI Africa were converted into sophisticated floating, production, storage, and offloading vessels.

9. Berge Emperor 

  • DWT: 423,697
  • Length overall: 381.82m
  • Years in Service: 1975-1986
  • Status: Scrapped

The Berge Emperor was built in Japan by the Mitsui Group. She was breifly owned by Maastow BV. in 1985 before being scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on March 30, 1986.

10. Berge Empress

  • DWT: 423,697
  • Length overall: 381.82m
  • Years in Service: 1976-2004
  • Status: Scrapped

Like her big brother in #9, the Berge Empress was built in Japan by the Mitsui Group. She was scrapped at Chittagong in southeastern Bangladesh in 2004.

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