KOTC fleet car­ries 22m MT of crude around the globe

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

Cargo car­riage

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

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