During Iran-Iraq war, Iraqi's hit her on May 14th, 1988. She was declared a total constructive loss and laid up in Brunei
Bay. But the tides of fortune had other things in store for her; she was soon resold to Norway-based shipowners, Norman International,
in December 1989 for $ 35 million. Repair work began in 1990 at Singapore where the yard replaced some 3,700 tonnes of steel.
Later, she changed hands yet again and was sold to tanker owner Jorgen Jahre for $ 39 million; she was then re-christened
Jahre Viking. The vessel was given to the worlds largest and best management company, Wallem Ship management from Hong Kong.
After completion of rebuilding, she was ready to sail the seas. In 1991, she loaded her first cargo at Juaymah, Saudi Arabia.
Today, she runs regularly between the Middle East and the US.
I have been attached with this giant vessel for the last ten years and if I may, in all modesty add, my team and I have
contributed substantially towards the vessel, establishing a very good name and reputation in the tanker market and with major
oil companies. Many oil majors have chartered her and have expressed satisfaction with the vessels staff performance.
The Jahre Viking transited Suez Canal for the first time on January 25, 1995. An event which received extensive coverage
by Egyptian newspapers and television in India. The Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister and the Governor of Suez Canal were on
board during the first transit. I was presented with a plaque by the Governor of Suez Canal. During transit, His Excellency,
the President of Egypt, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, was seen standing at Esmailia to witness the worlds largest ship transiting through
Suez Canal on her maiden transit.
To my great regret, I do not think another vessel of the size of Jahre Viking will ever be built, as it is not financially
viable considering the current new building cost, legislation of double hulls, and the demand of the crude oil.
I hope it would not be out of place to talk about the role played by Indian seafarers. Indian seafarers have earned well-deserved
reputation, a fact which is made evident by the ever-increasing number of Indians employed by foreign ship owners.
Yet, our seafaring fraternity is small and not as well represented as it should be. The Indian Merchants Federation members
should continue spreading traditions to our youths.
The new stcw convention which comes in force will positively enhance performance and safety aspects of vessel as more stringent
rules have been laid down for the training of the officers, crew and shore maritime establishments. I feel proud to say that
India is already well geared up to fulfil the requirements of the revised stow conventions.
I am anxiously waiting for the day when the Ministry of Transport and Shipping will recognize Indian masters and Chief
Engineers achievements and recommend to the Government of India to suitably reward our achievements for commanding and running
the worlds largest floating object.
The vessel has received extensive media coverage in the past, BBCs Discovery channel has featured T. T. Jahre Viking, interviewed
with BBC by "Jeremy Clarksons, the programme named "Extreme Machines", was shown on televisions all over the world several
times, including India. Another programme, "Building the Biggest", received wide coverage all over the world.