Emirates Steel and Safeen have started transhipment operations in the UAE, as part of a 10-year agreement previously signed between the two parties in 2019. Abu Dhabi-based Safeen is providing marine shipping services for three shipments of iron ore per month as part of one of the largest transshipment agreements by volume within the Arabian Gulf region. The contract has involved the deployment of a converted post-panamax bulk carrier, Hafeet, three self-propelled and self-discharging barges and other marine assets such as tugs and speed boats.
The vessels will work closely together to discharge and transship cargo arriving from mother vessels and will then safely transport and discharge the raw materials from anchorage to Emirates Steel’s jetty in Musaffah.
Since being purchased by Safeen in April last year, Hafeet underwent a series of major modifications and retrofits to meet Emirates Steel’s required standards. As part of its fit out, the vessel received four new cranes, grabs, a fully automated conveyor system, bow thrusters and additional generators.
The three self-propelled barges have also been modified specifically for the operation. In addition to featuring self-discharging capabilities, the barges have been customised to allow them to more easily transport iron ore cargo.