Bahri welcomes first LNG-ready VLCC in its fleet

Saudi Arabia’s shipping firm Bahri has received its first LNG-ready very large crude carrier, boosting the company’s fleet to 42 VLCCs.

South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and Saudi Arabia’s International Maritime Industries built the vessel named Rayah, as part of a $98.9 million contract signed in September 2019, according to a Bahri statement.

The 319,000-dwt double-hull crude carrier features the ABS Sustain-1 notation.

It also has the LNG Ready notation, recognizing its preparations for a future retrofit for LNG-fueled operation, ABS said in a separate statement.

Bahri owns and operates a fleet of 90 vessels, including 42 VLCCs, 23 chemical and 10 product tankers.

The firm has also six multipurpose ro-ro vessels, and nine dry-bulk carriers, together with a strong orderbook, serving 150 ports worldwide, according to its website.

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