Oil tankers associations split over strike call

By: News Desk
Published: 10:37 AM, 24 Jun, 2021
Oil tankers associations split over strike call
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The oil tanker associations have been divided over the issue of countrywide strike as the Oil Tanker Owners Association has announced its non-participation in the strike, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

The All Pakistan Oil Tankers Contractors Association (APOTCA) gave a call to halt oil supply across the country from today (Thursday). The call was given to stop Illegal and commercial loading.

Reportedly, the strike call has divided the oil tankers association into two bodies. The Oil Tankers Owners Association has detached itself from the strike and continued its streaming of oil whereas the APOTCA froze oil supply all over the country.

The strike call by APOTCA might lead to scarcity of petroleum products in the country as the filling stations would obtain their petrol supply only from oil marketing companies’ (OMCs) tankers. 

The APOTCA wants a 50% quota in White Oil Pipeline seeking an even division in the supply of petroleum products, 50% by roads and 50% through the pipeline. The OMCs were supplying 60% diesel supply using pipeline and 40% via roads. 

The other demand of the APOTCA includes a cut in the tax rate on oil transportation and fixation of queue structure from the current 3% to 2%.  

Reporter Habib Khan