The Saudi shipping company, Bahri, has completed the process of registering its 333m long VLCC, Amjad, under the flag of Saudi Arabia. This is the first stage in the company’s plan to register all 37 of its VLCCs under its country’s flag by the end of 2017, working in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport and the Public Transport Authority (PTA).
Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Bahri Group chief executive, said, “Bahri is committed to contributing to the enrichment and diversification of the national economy and the enhancement of the Kingdom’s position on the transportation and logistics industry map, regionally and globally. The registration of 37 VLCCs by the end of 2017 under the Saudi flag will enhance Bahri’s global ranking on the International Maritime Organization’s lists and will increase the size and efficiency of the Saudi maritime fleet.”
Bahri is the largest owner and operator of VLCCs in the world, and the largest owner of chemical tankers in the Middle East. Presently, the company owns and operates a total of 84 vessels, including 37 VLCCs, 36 chemical/product tankers, 6 multipurpose vessels, and 5 bulk carriers. It has a further 9 VLCCs on order at the present time.