Q&A: Ali Qays Abdul-Jabbar, Director of the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company

Iraq’s State Oil Tankers Company hopes to rebuild its fleet to take on crude oil exports and match its Gulf peers.
Ali Qays Abdul-Jabbar, director of the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company, in October 2022. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - The state-owned Iraqi Oil Tankers Company is in the process of rebuilding its fleet of vessels and hopes to be able to handle crude oil exports in the future by securing new vessels, including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), to match the tanker fleets of its Gulf oil exporting peers, company director Ali Qays Abdul-Jabbar told Iraq Oil Report in an interview.

The company once operated 25 tankers, but in the 1990s it was limited to handling only transportation of high sulfur fuel oil because of international sanctions on Iraqi crude oil exports.

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