SHIPPING: Onassis' Sea Monster

Ten years ago the largest tankers plying the seas were 18,500-tonners. Last week Shipowner Aristotle Socrates Onassis', who operates under five flags, confirmed plans to build a 100,500-tonners more than twice as big as the largest existing tanker, the 7,750-tonners owned by his brother-in-law, Stavros Niarchos. Onassis' 135-ft.-wide, 935-ft. long ship would cruise at 16 knots, carry a crew of 70. It probably will be built by Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Shipbuilding Division at Quincy, Mass. Along with the supertanker, Tycoon Onassis' also plans three smaller ships—two tankers of 32,650 tons apiece, another of 46.000 tons.


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