World's largest ship getting scrapped

The largest moving man-made object ever built.  The longest ship ever built.  The ship with the greatest deadweight tonnage ever recorded, at 646,642 tons.  This is the ULCC KNOCK NEVIS.  She was originally built as the SEAWISE GIANT, and later possessed the names HAPPY GIANT, and JAHRE VIKING.  Her final name was MONT, the name given to her for her final voyage from the Middle East to India.  She now lies beached in the graveyard of ships in Alang, India where she is slowly being ripped to pieces.


Tonnage: 260,941 GT
214,793 NT
Displacement: 81,879 long tons light ship
646,642 long tons full load
Length: 458.45 m (1,504.10 ft)
Beam: 68.8 m (225.72 ft)
Draught: 24.611 metres (80.74 ft)
Depth: 29.8 m (97.77 ft)
Propulsion: Steam Turbine
Speed: 16 knots
Capacity: 564,763 DWT

The ship has certainly had her share of stories.  She partially sank at one point, but only after having several Exocet missiles fired from Iraqi jets explode on her decks which eventually led to her being declared a total lost once.  She’s seen multiple owners over her lifetime, and ultimately ended up servings as a permanently moored floating storage platform at the Qatar Al Shaheen oil field in the Persian Gulf.

The Jahre Viking at her finest.

Its expected to take at least a year to dismantle this beast.  It is sad to think that this is the end for such an amazing feat of engineering and design.

Below is the only known photo on the net of the vessel beached at the breakers.

M/T MONT, formally the KNOCK NEVIS lies beached in Alang India in January of 2010.

More Information:

India Express article – Crude oil carrier Mont awaits clearance to dock at Alang

Lloyd’s List – Knock Nevis headed for Indian Scrapyard

4 Comment

  1. Inflatable Boat Man says: Reply

    Oh haw sad! In the ship graveyard. This is such a terrible way to descrie the demise of the an icon – the worlds largest ship.

    Inflatable Boats

  2. I wish to wnquire about using the above pictures of the Knock Nevis in presentations in the college. Are the photo’s copyrighted?
    If so can a licence be purchased for their use?



  3. Phil Mulligan says: Reply

    Oil tankers were long built to minimum standards to save money and manned by poorly traine low paid crews who could not talk to each other, in one language, during and emergency. Had the ship been disabled at sea, they were, usually, helpless to save it and it would be abandoned until it ran aground. Better it gets scrapped before that happened.

  4. Jim says: Reply

    Hey Mallon, If I were you (I know I’m not) but if I were, I would learn to spell (especially if you’re talking about being in college) before I worried about getting pictures for a presentation. with the exception of the presentation part, this goes for Boat Man too. Don’t you people proof read what you write before posting it. I guess that was a stupid question because obviously you don’t. Some people just don’t care if the world thinks they’re idiots.
    To The Maritime…..Thanks for the pictures, videos and the story.

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