HAMBURG (Jun. 13)
The bonds of Arab-German friendship must be strengthened still further, Franz Bluecher, Vice Chancellor of the West German Government, told a select dinner party of 300 celebrating the launching here of the world’s largest oil tanker “King Saud L.”
The German leader stressed that between 1949 and 1953 Germany more than quadrupled its imports from the Arab countries. The Saudi Arabian Minister of Commerce, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Ali Reza, who was also present, praised German industry.
The 47,000 ton tanker was built for Socrates Onassis, Argentinian shipping magnate who recently concluded a gigantic transaction with the Saudi Arabian Government for the transportation of oil from that country. It was built by the Howaldt shipbuilding company of this city.