JAHRE VIKING (KNOCK NEVIS)
Even in an age of superlatives, the Jahre Viking
continued as the ultimate superlative. Jahre
Viking was so huge that she would comfortably swallow up
India's 25,000-tonne aircraft carrier INS Vikrant
in her holds. At 485.46 meters long, she
dwarfed the 424-metre Petronas twin tower of
Built in 1979 for a
Greek shipping magnate towards the end of the super
tanker boom that followed the oil embargo of 1973, her
original owner went bankrupt even before she put out to
sea. Her builders, the Japanese
conglomerate Sumitomo, then offered her to a Hong Kong owner
Orient Overseas Container Line.
delivery, her new owner set an unusual condition.
Already massive at 480,000 tones, he ordered that her
length be increased several more meters to add another
87,000 tones to her load-carrying capacity to make her,
at 564,763 tones, the largest ship to ever be built.
After the refit, the ship had a length of 458.45 m
(1,504.1 ft). She had 46 tanks, 31,541 square metres
(339,500 sq ft) of deck space. She was now name
Seawise Giant sat 24.6 meters in the water, a depth
great enough to deny her entry to most of the world's
major ports, including the Suez and Panama canals.
She drew too much water to pass through the 32-mile-wide
English Channel. The ship's rudder weighed
230 tons, and the propeller 50 tons!
Seawise Giant was damaged and sunk during the 1980–1988
Iran–Iraq War by an Iraqi Air Force attack while
anchored on 14 May 1988 and carrying Iranian crude oil.
The ship was struck by parachute bombs. Fires
ignited aboard the ship and blazed out of control, and
she sank in the shallow waters off the coast of Larak
Island, Iran. She was declared a total loss and
was laid up.
after the Iran-Iraq war ended, Norman International--a
Norwegian company-- bought the wreckage of the ship,
raised her and towed her to Singapore for repairs.
She entered service in October 1991 as Happy Giant.
Shortly after the tanker attracted the attention of
Jørgen Jahre who bought her in 1991 for $39 million and
renamed her Jahre Viking.
In 2004, Jahre Viking was purchased by First Olsen
Tankers Pte. Ltd., renamed Knock Nevis, and converted
into a permanently moored storage tanker in the Qatar Al
Shaheen oil field in the Persian Gulf.
Nevis was renamed Mont, and reflagged to Sierra Leone by
the new owner Amber Development Corporation, for her
final voyage to India in January 2010 where she was
the Jahre Viking is still the longest ship ever
constructed. She is also the largest by
deadweight. Jahre Viking was featured on the BBC series
Jeremy Clarkson's Extreme Machines. She could
reach up to 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h). It took her 9
km (5 1⁄2 mi) to stop from that speed, and her turning
circle was about 3 km (2 mi).
Jahre Viking's 36-tonne anchor is permanently exhibited
at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
This Jahre Viking/Knock
hull construction (very important), weighing less than
(A solid hull of this model would be over 60 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
piece and need a fortified table to accomodate.)
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures
- >95% of parts are wood and metal
x 10" tall x 8.5" wide
S & H is $150