The Longest Serving Batillus Class Oil Ship
Prairial was the fourth and final vessel of the Batillus class of supertankers. An ultra large crude carrier that could carry 677,300 meter-cubes of cargo safely in its 40 oil tanks, she is world’s third biggest ocean-going oil tanker. She was 414.22 meters long, weighed 555,046 tons (deadweight tonnage) and cruised at a speed of 16 knots.
She was delivered to her St Nazaire (France) owners in 1979 and changed names and hands several times while in service. In 1985 for instance, she was called Sea Brilliance and in 1997, Sea Giant. Unlike other ships of the Batillus class, that have served only for a decade, Prairial has been a crude oil carrier for more than three decades. She was scrapped in Pakistan’s shipbreaking yard in September of 2003.