Riyadh-based Bahri has expanded its Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) fleet to 42 with the addition of its first vessel that is designed to use LNG as well as conventional bunkers as fuel. Rayah, built by International Maritime Industries (IMI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, is also notable as IMI’s first VLCC project.
As well as highlighting IMI’s capabilities to produce VLCCs, the project enabled more than 50 of the Saudi company’s engineers to gain valuable on-the-job experience from working alongside HHI’s engineers in South Korea. This experience will contribute to the establishment of a skilled Saudi maritime workforce and the development of Saudi Arabia’s maritime and logistics industry within the overarching Saudi Vision 2030.
The new VLCC was officially named and inducted into Bahri’s fleet at a special ceremony organised virtually between Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The ceremony was attended by Eng. Amin H. Nasser, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Hogail, Vice Chairman of Bahri; Eng. Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Chairman of IMI; Young-Seuk Han, Vice Chairman and CEO of HHI; Eng. Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri; and Eng. Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO of IMI, as well as various other Bahri, IMI, and HHI executives.
As a ‘gas ready’ VLCC, Rayah is said to benefit from improved fuel efficiency, as well as advanced systems to ensure greater safety, better controls and improved sustainability.
Bahri now owns and operates a fleet of 90 vessels, including 42 VLCCs, 23 chemical and 10 product tankers, six multipurpose ro-ro ships and nine bulk carriers.