How Big is an Oil Tanker?

To carry a large amount of oil, tankers are designed to be quite large.  The Exxon Valdez was considered a midsized oil tanker measuring 967 feet long and 166 feet wide.  In comparison, the largest tanker in the world, the Jahre Viking, formally known as the Seawise Giant, is 1504 feet long and 226 feet wide.  These vessels are so large that crew members often use bicycles to travel from one point to another on the ship.

Let's walk the length of the Seawise Giant!

Using grid paper create a scale drawing of the Seawise Giant