Classification society ClassNK announced that it has completed work on the 165,178 GT VLCC Al Kout, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) as part of a series of vessels constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC).
The Al Kout was officially delivered to KOTC at a ceremony held at KOTC Head Office in Kuwait on 30th October 2014. The Al Kout is the final vessel of the four VLCCs and one Aframax Tanker constructed by DSME as part of this project under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and in line with KOTC’s strict standards on safety and environmental performance.
The VLCC series is also the first in the ClassNK registry to comply with the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) requirements for Cargo Oil Tanks of Crude Oil Tankers.
Speaking on the occasion, representatives from KOTC stated that the company was proud to welcome the Al Kout to its fleet, and they will continue to work with ClassNK to ensure the safe operation of this vessel and the others constructed as part of this project.
Representing ClassNK, K. Murata, Regional Manager of Middle East and S.F. Gilani, General Manager of Kuwait Office were in attendance at the ceremony where they expressed their congratulations on behalf of ClassNK for the successful delivery. Following the delivery, ClassNK will continue to provide classification services for the Al Kout and the other vessels in the series.