Batillus-class supertankers

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Batillus tanker in Saint-Nazaire.jpg
The oil tanker Batillus at the end of her construction in Saint-Nazaire, being fueled by Port-Vendres
Class overview
Name: Batillus class
Operators: Flag of France.svg Société Maritime Shell France
In service: 1976 to 2003
Completed: 4
Retired: 4
General characteristics
Type: Supertanker
Tonnage: 275,268 GT
555,000 DWT
225,473 NT
Displacement: 74,140 long tons light ship
629,191 long tons full load

LOA: 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft)

LBP: 401.10 m (1,315.9 ft)
Beam: 63.01 m (206.7 ft)
Draft: 28.5 m (94 ft)
Depth: 35.92 m (117.8 ft)
Installed power: 64,800 bhp (48.3 MW)
Propulsion: 4 × Stal-Laval steam turbine engines
2 × propellers
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Notes: [1][2]

The Batillus-class supertanker is a class of tanker ships built in France at the end of the 1970s. Four such ships were built. Measured by gross tonnage, they are among the largest ships of any type ever constructed.

They were about 555,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT) tonnage, and have a length overall of 414 metres.

They were built in the Bassin C dock and launched from the shipyards of Chantiers de l'Atlantique at Saint Nazaire, France.

The only other ship considered larger depending on measure was the Seawise Giant delivered in 1979. Seawise Giant was originally designed with a smaller tonnage than the Batillus class, but had her length and tonnage increased during construction.

Considering gross tonnage, Batillus and Bellamya are the largest ever built at 275,268 tons. Comparably, Seawise Giant's 260,581 gross tonnage when in service as an oil tanker.

Considering fully loaded displacement, the Seawise Giant still holds the record, edging out the Batillus ships.

Regarding depth and draft. the Batillus class depth of nearly 36 metres and full load draft of 28.5 metres are records for ships of any kind, being slightly greater than the two Globtik Tokyo class ULCCs.

Unlike Seawise Giant and most other ULCCs, the Batillus class vessels had twin screws, twin boilers of full size and power, and twin rudders. As a result, in an emergency they could more easily and safely be operated than with a single propeller and a single boiler.

Batillus class sister ships[edit]

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  1. ^ Clarkson Research Studies Ltd. (1987). Tanker Register 1987. International Publication Service. ISBN 0-8002-4143-6. 
  2. ^ a b Auke Visser (10 June 2010). "Prairial". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Auke Visser (10 June 2010). "Batillus". International Super Tankers. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Auke Visser (10 June 2010). "Bellamya". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Auke Visser (10 June 2010). "Pierre Guillaumat". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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