- c. 1972
Scale Model 1:100 of the ULCC (ultra large crude carrier) Globtik Tokyo
Globtik Tokyo was one of a new breed of ultra-large tankers designed to transport 500
million litres of crude oil from the Persian Gulf to Japan. When it was completed in 1973,
Globtik Tokyo was the largest ship in the world. This presentational model was made by the ship’s builders.
The global economy relies on cargo ships being able to operate cheaply. The shape of the hull is crucial in keeping fuel costs down. Experiments in the 1860s showed that
paradoxically a bulbous front (or ‘bow’) gave less resistance at high speeds than the sharp bows favoured for large ships at the time.