MT Desh Viraat: Largest VLCC of India Takes Collision Course to Join SCI

by OldSailor on November 3, 2008


MT Desh Viraat, the largest Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) of India has joined Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on October 29. Unfortunately on the day the vessel was taken over by SCI, MT Desh Viraat collided with a Cambodian craft.

Some of the interesting features of MT Desh Viraat are:

  • The VLCC was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) at Okpo Shipyard in Republic of Korea.very_large_crude_carrier
  • The vessel is one of the two Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), for which the SCI had placed an order in October 2005.
  • The second vessel is expected to be delivered to SCI in June 2009.
  • The vessel is of 3,19,000 DWT and is the largest vessel in the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS).(Very Large Crude Carrier is a crude oil tanker between 200,000 and 320,000 DWT)
  • The VLCC has been classed with ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and IRS.
  • The average size of VLCC is:
    • Length Overall: 331.4 metres
    • Breadth: 58.2 metres
    • Draft: 21.2 metres
    • Barrel Intake: 2,044,000 bbls (One bbl = 159 litres approx)
    • Speed: 15.2 knots
  • The Indian Union Minister of Shipping, T.R. Baalu presided over the naming ceremony of M.T. Desh Viraat (H5299) on October 13 at DSME, Korea.


On October 29, the day the vessel was taken over by SCI, MT Desh Viraat with thirty-six Indian sailors on board collided with a Cambodian craft in South Korean waters. The vessel was on her maiden voyage from Okpo to Yosu port in South Korea. The Cambodian craft sank and its 12 crew were rescued by the Korea Coast Guard. Subsequently, the vessel was taken to Busan Port for investigations into the incident. The master and second engineer are with the marine police for investigation.

Here is an interesting video clip of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), Okpo Shipyard.

Here is an interesting video clip of VLCC.

Read more from Press Information Bureau and Thaindian.

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