Definition of supertanker in English:



  • A very large oil tanker, specifically one whose dead-weight capacity exceeds 75,000 tons.

    • ‘On March 24, 1989, a 900-foot long supertanker ran aground in well-marked waters and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil.’
    • ‘It is one of the busiest shipping areas in the world, where every type of vessel, from vast supertankers to small dhows, go about their business.’
    • ‘Several vessels have grounded on mud banks, and unpiloted vessels are also giving cause for concern, with supertankers and large ships being allowed to go to anchorages without a pilot.’
    • ‘That's the world's second-busiest waterway and a vital trans-Pacific route for supertankers.’
    • ‘Katrina shut down most of US production in the Gulf of Mexico, stopped offloading of imports at the only port that can handle supertankers, and curtailed output at nearly two dozen refineries.’
    • ‘The only exception being today's oil supertankers, which were not designed to travel through the canal (and are nearly 50 feet too wide to fit inside the locks).’
    • ‘Like supertankers, they cannot change direction quickly.’
    • ‘Once a major fishing port, it is now dominated by oil refineries, developed for supertankers.’
    • ‘A few guys ride the wakes of supertankers in Texas, and a father and son travel to Vietnam, only to find that the best in surfing is secondary to meeting their fellow surfers wherever they find them.’
    • ‘Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two decades.’
    • ‘He explained that the evaluation followed the recent controversial sale of its supertankers, and other complicated problems such as the oil subsidy, restructuring efforts and the lack of transparency.’
    • ‘The supertankers filled to the brim with crude set sail without the captain having the slightest idea of its final destination.’
    • ‘A supertanker, bulldozing down right behind us, blasted her bullhorn and sent us hightailing it back toward the shoreline.’
    • ‘At night she got up hourly to look out for supertankers.’
    • ‘The LOOP is the only US port capable of handling supertankers, and handles 12% of all US oil imports.’
    • ‘With supertankers carrying tens of millions of barrels of oil each day through sea lanes in the area, the task force runs continuing exercises to practice safeguarding them.’
    • ‘There are all sorts of vessels, from aircraft carriers through to supertankers and submarines; do we know how much of an environmental risk they each pose?’
    • ‘With the support of international trade agreements, these companies are setting their sights on the mass transport of water by pipeline and supertanker.’
    • ‘More modest waves are to be found in Texas, where surfers ride in the wake of supertankers, and Wisconsin, where a spot on Lake Michigan is just turbulent enough to attract otherwise landlocked enthusiasts.’