Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has taken delivery of the 48,579 dwt product and crude oil tanker, Al-Yamamah, from the South Korean Hyundai shipbuilder, Mipo Dockyard. The new ship is one of four tankers of this type ordered in April 2018, all of which are due to be delivered this year.
Al-Yamamah is the 29th vessel in the KOTC fleet and forms part of the company’s Phase IV fleet renewal and expansion programme. The 183m long tanker, capable of a service speed of 15knots, was handed over at the South Korean yard on 31st March this year. The new vessel has been built to high environmental standards and is particularly fuel efficient, and with low emissions.
As well as the four product tankers, KOTC has four other vessels currently on order. These include three LNG carriers building at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and a VLCC under construction at Bohai Shipbuilding in China.
KOTC has also in recent months received three 82,500m3 LPG tankers, Gas Al Mubaraikat, Al Ahmadia and Al Rowaisat from HHI. These were delivered in November 2019, January 2020 and March 2020 respectively.