Bahri unveiled VLCC Rayah formed by IMI, HHI


Bahri, a logistics, transportation pioneer, recently had unveiled, expanded their Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) fleet to 42 as it recently inducted the initial ‘gas ready’ vessel, announced as ‘Rayah’. The vessel had been created jointly by International Maritime Industries (IMI), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) within the HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

The project had been developed as a part of their SAR 371 million (approximately equivalent to USD 98.9 million) contract signed in September 2019). This construction also marks out the successful accomplishment of the IMIs initial VLCC project. The firm announced fortifying Bahri’s crude-oil transportation market’s reputation. As well the firm also reported that this will be improving its credentials as the global VLCC owner, operator giant.

As per the firm resources, latest VLCC was officially named, inducted into Bahri’s fleet at a special ceremony. The ceremony was organized virtually between Saudi Arabia and South Korea, where the vessel is presently docked.

The ceremony was attended by Eng. Amin H. Nasser, President, CEO of Saudi Aramco; Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Hogail, Vice Chairman of Bahri; Eng. Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Chairman of IMI; Mr. Young-Seuk Han, Vice Chairman, CEO of HHI; Eng. Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri; Eng. Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO of IMI, as well as various other Bahri, IMI, and HHI executives.

The firm was also prompt to add out in highlighting IMI, its partners’ proficiencies to yield VLCCs huge globalized standards, the project empowered more than 50 IMI engineers to gain valuable on-the-job experience from working alongside HHI’s engineers in South Korea.

This experience will offer out the creation of a skilled Saudi maritime workforce, as well as the progression of Saudi Arabia’s maritime and logistics industry under Saudi Vision 2030.

Statement from Dr. Abdulmalik Abdullah Al-Hogail, Vice Chairman of Bahri

Dr. Abdulmalik Abdullah Al-Hogail, Vice Chairman of Bahri promptly spoke at the ceremony stating that, “The addition of ‘Rayah’ to Bahri’s fleet epitomizes vital enhancement in the firm’s integrated logistics and marine capabilities. We are delighted that the induction of ‘Rayah’ marks the launch of our first ‘gas ready’ VLCC with multiple advantages, including fuel-efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental benefits.”

He further added out that “The carrier’s state-of-the-art systems, as well as its advanced design and accessories, ensure that it is among the best in its class. We are also honoured to announce that skilful Saudi engineers from IMI contributed to building the new vessel, which falls in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 that aspires to raise the contribution of local content in the industry.”

Statement from Eng. Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Chairman of IMI

Eng. Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Chairman of IMI, stated out that, “The completion of this project is a major milestone for IMI and a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of everyone involved in the project. Working with our partners Bahri and HHI, we have successfully met the challenges of the global pandemic to deliver the vessel on time and to the highest international shipbuilding standards.”

He further added out that, “The project has also enabled IMI employees to benefit from capacity building and knowledge transfer that will enhance our ability to build VLCCs in Saudi Arabia in the future. By delivering major projects like this, we are shaping IMI’s future as the largest maritime yard in the MENA region and a key driver of Saudi Arabia’s maritime industry and economic diversification.”

The firm also reported that, with a ‘gas ready’ VLCC, Rayah gains out a superior fuel efficiency, as well as advanced systems to certify enhanced security, better controls, enhanced sustainability. Built with the influence of Saudi Arabian engineers from IMI, Rayah’s delivery ceremony was also a proud milestone for the Kingdom’s local maritime capabilities.

IMI, a joint venture between principal industry partners Saudi Aramco, Bahri, Lamprell, HHI, is the major shipyard in the MENA territory at approximately 12 million square meters. It offers latest build maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) services for commercial vessels, comprising of the VLCCs, Bulk Carriers, Offshore Support Vessels, and Offshore Jackup rigs.

The firm also added that it’s the only shipyard with definite offtake agreements worth USD 10 billion (approximately equivalent to SAR 37.5 billion) over 10 years, with partners Aramco and Bahri, for the delivery of 20 rigs and 52 vessels.

Bahri stated that it’s the owner for a fleet of 90 vessels, comprising 42 VLCCs, 23 chemical, 10 product tankers, six multipurpose ro-ro vessels, nine dry-bulk carriers, organized with a robust orderbook, serving 150 ports globally.

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