Norwegian Firm to build Oil Tankers for Iraq

By John Lee.

Iraq's Ministry of Oil, represented by the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company (IOTC), has concluded a contract with Norway's Batservice Mandal [Båtservice Mandal AS] to build two oil tankers.

Oil Minister Ahsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail said that this contract comes within the framework of the ministry's plans to rebuild the national fleet of oil tankers, which he said have been damaged by futile wars over the past decades.

The General Director of the Iraqi Oil Tanker Company, Ahmed Khazal, said that the two oil tankers will have a capacity of 30,000 tons each, and be delivered 18 months after the date of signing the contract.

[See also: Mousa Jiyad Questions Norwegian Tanker Deal - Ed.]

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

One Response to Norwegian Firm to build Oil Tankers for Iraq

  1. Concerned citizen 21st August 2020 at 13:46 #

    Båtservice Mandal which is translated to Boat Service in the city of Mandal (not ship service). Is a company which was found in 1941. At the prime of its time it was a well respectable company that specialized in construction of small fishing boats and small fast police boats but never in its history built any tanker (not even 1 tanker) or any supply ships. I n the last 20 years the company has only built aluminium crew boats and fiberglass/carbon fiber fast boats but no tankers and no supply ships. In 2010 Båtservice Mandal had construction defect resulting in injuries and death of people. Since then the company suffered many losses due to failure in their design and several accidents as shown below. In May 2018 the company went bankrupt with total losses of over 6 million Euros.