The Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail, affirmed that the ministry keens on implementing programs and plans to apply maintenance systems in export outlets, including Single Point Mooring loading platforms in the territorial waters in order to maintain their work and continue loading operations without stopping, noting that this comes as a part of the ministry efforts to develop national capabilities and upgrade their working mechanisms to keep pace with the global development in this field.
The Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, said that the ministry had concluded a contract with an international company to build three tankers specializing in services, logistical support, maintenance and advanced maintenance for export outlets southern Iraq,
adding that having such tankers by the ministry and the National Oil Company is an advanced step to reduce financial expenses and save the hard currency that was being paid to foreign companies.
The CEO of the National Oil Company, Hamid Younis, said that Iraq had concluded a contract to build three tankers, the first tanker named (Abu al-Fadl), which was designed for maintenance, sustain, and treatment of oil spills in territorial waters, this tanker was inducted to service.
Younis added that the second tanker (Safwan) will induct to service soon and it is hoped to arrive within the next few days. This tanker involves multiple activities and tasks, including maintenance work for export facilities in Iraqi ports and Single Point Mooring platforms, adding that the tanker has other tasks and activities in the field of firefighting and heavy water treatment for marine facilities belonging to the Basra Oil Company, in addition to generating emergency electrical power.
As for the third tanker (Shenasheel), it is hoped to be inducted in March of next year, and It is larger than other tankers, as it will carry out major maintenance work for Iraqi ports in addition to the possibility of housing Iraqi staff working in the ports and loading platforms, noting that the foreign company is working to prepare national engineering and technical staff to manage tankers.
The CEO explained that it was economical to build the tankers, which save large sums of money that were needed to conclude contracts with other companies, as well as speed of achievement.
The Director General of Basra Oil Company, Khalid Hamza, said that the company have an agreement with the Korean company (ENM) to build the tanker (Safwan), which specializes in several tasks and has a great impact on the maintenance work of the Single Point Mooring (SPM), in addition to maintain the deep-sea export facilities because it has an integrated diving system.
He added that the tankers have been designed in accordance with the standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS),