TI’s four biggest vessels are the TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe and TI Oceania. Classified as V-Plus vessels, they measure 380 metres from bow to stern and are 68 metres wide.
The world consumes 80 million barrels of oil per day. It takes 25 V-Plus vessels to carry this amount of oil.
The breakdown of the major consumers is as follows:
Source: BP 2005
In 2006, TI delivered more than 87 million tonnes of crude oil, or 611 million barrels. In doing so, the fleet travelled 4.41 million nautical miles or over 8 million kilometres (5 million statute miles). This is equivalent to 10.5 roundtrips to the moon.
The UK consumes 6,000 million litres (10,500 million pints) of milk each year. This amount could be carried on just 12 V-Plus vessels. The US consumes enough milk yearly to fill 48 V-Plus vessels.
A regular trade for a V-Plus is between the Arabian Gulf and the US Gulf. This is a voyage of 9,500 nautical miles, or 17,712 kilometres. A V-Plus takes 26.5 days to complete such a voyage. A car travelling at 100 km/h would take 7.4 days to travel the same distance.