Bahri becomes first ever shipping line with 40-strong VLCC fleet
Bahri has reached a new milestone by taking delivery of ‘Rimthan,’ a 300,000-dwt carrier built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea.
The addition of ‘Rimthan’ to its fast-growing fleet of multipurpose vessels, reinforces Bahri’s position as the world’s largest owner and operator of Very Large Crude-oil Carriers (VLCCs) with a 40-strong fleet.
The new vessel, built to the latest environmental and fuel-efficient technical specifications, was handed over to Bahri during a delivery ceremony held at HSHI’s Mokpo shipyard in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
‘Rimthan’ is the fourth VLCC to join the Bahri fleet this year, following the delivery of ‘Amjad,’ ‘Maharah,’ and, more recently, ‘Aslaf.’
Saleh Al-Debasi, board member, Bahri, said, “We are very proud to have become the first and largest transportation and logistics company in the world to have a 40-strong VLCC fleet. Rimthan is the fourth VLCC that Bahri has received from HHI Group this year with another six vessels on order and to be delivered over the next year and a half.”
“The addition of ‘Rimthan’ is yet another step toward strengthening our leadership in the global oil transportation industry,” added Ali Al-Harbi, acting CEO, Bahri. “Bahri’s partnership with HHI Group has been instrumental in enhancing our fleet competitiveness, operational efficiency and flexibility, helping us to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction, and with six more VLCCs currently on order, we look forward to further building on our alliance with HHI Group as we continue our pursuit of global excellence.”
Bahri Oil, one of Bahri’s six business units, will be responsible for the commercial operation of ‘Rimthan.’ Bahri is set to further expand its oil tanker fleet with the addition of ‘Shaden,’ its 41st VLCC, towards the end of October 2017.