KOTC fleet carries 22m MT of crude around the globe
LONDON: The Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) fleet has transported up to 22 million metric tons (MT) of crude, petroleum products and liquefied gas around the world with high efficiency since the start of the FY 2015-2016, a senior official has said. The KOTC tankers enjoy high confidence of giant firms of the world’s oil industry, such as British BP, Shell, Total, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, KOTC Fleet Marine Operations Manager Youssef Al-Saqer, also company spokesman, said yesterday. Saqer noted that the KOTC is keen on applying the world’s conditions and criteria in line with the maritime transport laws. In addition, the KOTC tankers are provided with the latest equipment for the protection of the environment and efficient consumption of fuel. The KOTC is the strategic transport arm of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and the State of Kuwait, Saqer said.
On Friday, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Communication for Transport Sector Mansour Al-Bader said that the State of Kuwait, as a major oil exporter, has one of the world’s most modern fleets. “The Kuwaiti fleet, made up of 350 container ships, has a total carriage capacity of 5.1 million tons,” said Bader, head of Kuwait’s delegation to the 29th Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “Shipping represents 90 percent of the carriage of cargo, including oil, oil by-products and livestock,” he pointed out.
Regarding the efforts to protect marine environment, AlBader said Kuwait hosted a regional meeting in 1978 which culminated into the launching of the Kuwait-based Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME). —KUNA