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Sonangol increases international fleet to 11 tankers

The completion and delivery of two oil tankers – from the Suezmax line and already being built by the South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industry – will allow Sonangol to see, later this year, its international fleet increase from nine to 11 ships.


Thus, the first vessel is scheduled to start for next April. In turn, the second vessel – informed Luís Manuel, chairman of the Executive Committee (PCE) of the Trading & Shipping Business Unit (UNTS), quoted by Angop – will be received in September this year, as part of the reinforcement of the current fleet international oil company.

In this way, writes Angop, Sonangol maintains the deadlines for receiving oil tankers, both capable of transporting one million barrels of crude oil. These ships, which circulate through the Suez Canal, are 2748 meters long, 48 meters wide and 23 meters high.

By following international standards, the national oil company - directly involved in choosing the construction yard, equipment, machinery, among others - also considered that its ships are among the best on the market, writes Angop.

Sonangol Marine Service – a company linked to the UNTS – is dedicated to operating Suezmax oil tankers, as well as transporting LNG, in order to maintain the company's efficiency in the international market. It is headquartered in Houston, in the United States of America, with 26 employees and facilitating the management of the oil company's ships in different parts of the world.

In order to achieve greater operational efficiency, the company entered into a joint venture with the Swedish Stenna Bulk, with a view to the commercial component. With the Swedish company, the national oil company now has a greater number of ships available, along with the current nine tankers, since it now has Swedish tankers, writes Angop.

According to Angop, Bulk concerns the commercial arm used by Sonangol Marine Service, also supporting the activities of Sonangol Tradding and Shipping. Thus, with the joint venture, the company claims to be able to capture the market efficiently, enabling more ships and being better geographically positioned.


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