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The biggest (458m) and largest (657019t) ship (oil tanker) ever built (Japan, 1979). Scrapped in 2010. IMO: 7381154. Names: Seawise Giant (1979–1989), Happy Giant (1989–1991), Jahre Viking (1991–2004), Knock Nevis (2004–2009), Mont (2009–2010)

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An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil. There are two basic types of oil tankers: the crude tanker and the product tanker. Crude tankers move large quantities of unrefined crude oil from its point of extraction to refineries. Product tankers, generally much smaller, are designed to move petrochemicals from refineries to points near consuming markets.

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25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, scientists have found oil on beaches in Alaska that is just as toxic as if it had been spilled only a few weeks ago. Visit to learn 10 truths about oil spills and protect the BC coast by supporting the Coastal First Nations’ ban on oil tankers.

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