On the occasion, Sebastião Gaspar Martins, Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of the flagship oil company, made it known that the revenues obtained from the use of other vessels helped in the investment of the new vessel.
According to the PCA of Sonangol, cited by Angop, this is a profitable business, given that the vessel will travel around the world, meeting its commitments, with a crew formed by the national oil company, in collaboration with entities in India.
José Barroso, Secretary of State for Oil and Gas, considered that the new vessel confirms the company's perspective of taking advantage of the opening of the market, adding that the oil tanker is part of Sonangol's strategy aimed at the national and international market, writes the Angop.
Cited by Angop, José Barroso also made it known that the state oil company already has a service provision contract for three years, reflecting an asset that can assist the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market, as well as the national economy globally.
It should be noted that this tanker – from the Suezmax line and capable of transporting one million barrels of crude oil – is the first of the two ships ordered from South Korea, with the second vessel due to be received at the end of this year. According to Angop, this vessel will have a crew made up of 80 percent Angolans, and is projected to have a useful life of two decades.
In terms of specificities, according to Angop, the national oil company explained that this new vessel will only be used to transport crude oil. Cited by Angop, João Almeida, president of Sonangol Marine Service, referred that crude oil should not be confused with its derivatives, having underlined that the oil company will stop renting vessels to respond to its purposes in this section.
According to Angop, Marilina de Carvalho, godmother of the vessel, Sebastião Gaspar Martins, Patrício Vilar, chairman of the Board of the Institute for Asset Management and State Participation (IGAPE), among others, attended the ceremony.