Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker Thwarted
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world's most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.
Bad Weather Shuts Ras Tanura Port
Saudi Arabia's Ras Tanura port, a major oil operations centre for Saudi Aramco, was shut on Monday because of bad weather, two shipping industry sources told Reuters. "The port is closed completely - today at 11.30 a.m. (local time) there is fast wind, poor visibility and no movement," said one of the sources, who declined to be identified under briefing rules. Another source said loading had stopped. There was no immediate comment from Saudi Aramco. Ras Tanura is in the east of Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter. Saudi Arabia's Border Guard in the Eastern Province told state news agency SPA that it had suspended shipping in the areas as a precautionary measure because of a sandstorm. (Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; Editing by Andrew Torchia)
Saudi Aramco Charter 3 VLCC's for U.S. Crude Import
The very large crude carriers (VLCC's) will load at Ras Tanura terminal for deliveries to a US Gulf Coast port next month. The very large crude carriers will each load 280,000 metric tons of oil at Saudi's Ras Tanura terminal between April 3 and April 9 for the voyage via the Cape of Good Hope to the Port Arthur, Texas terminal, reports Bloomberg from various sources. Saudi Aramco, as Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is known, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) operate refineries through Motiva Enterprises LLC. The joint venture is bringing its Port Arthur, Texas plant back to full capacity after a series of unplanned shutdowns. The facility will be able to process as much as 600,000 barrels a day and is the nation’s biggest. Source: Bloomberg
Bahri Completes Registration Of ASLAF Under Saudi National Flag
National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia Bahri announced that the Ministry of Transport under the supervision of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of ASLAF, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia. The move reinforces Saudi Arabia’s position in the global maritime industry and gives a further boost to Bahri’s efforts to register all of its VLCCs – now numbering 39 – under the national flag by the end of 2017.
Saudi Flag Raised on Bahri's VLCC Rimthan
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest VLCCs received and owned by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics. Under the supervision of PTA, the ceremony of Rimthan’s registration under the Saudi flag took place on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Port of Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by senior officials of both PTA and Bahri. Thus, Rimthan became the 40th Saudi VLCC, owned and operated by Bahri. H.E. Dr.
Saudi Arabian Port Appoints Wilhelmsen
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) Saudi has been appointed by the new Ras Al Zawr port in Saudi Arabia LPG/C Al Barrah as the first agent to be issued a license of operation to load ammonia. Ras Al Zawr is one of the six new ports planned by the Saudi Government as they realize their goal of economic expansion and diversification. Construction of the integrated chemical and fertilizer facility and related infrastructure for the Phosphate Project has been completed recently for clients and operators Maaden and SABIC. Phosphate concentrate will be transported by rail from the Al Jalamid mine site some 1200km to Ras Al Zawr for processing.
S.Arabia Costructs Huge Shibuilding Complex
A Reuters report quoting Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said that the country expects a huge ship repair and shipbuilding complex that its national oil company Saudi Aramco is developing at Ras al-Khair on the kingdom's east coast to cost over 20 billion riyals ($5.33 billion). The government will finance the infrastructure of the complex such as dredging and other work as it did with other cities Jubail and Yanbu that have become major industrial hubs. The maritime complex is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco…
Saudi Aramco Extends Bidding for Marine Terminal Work
State oil giant Saudi Aramco has extended bidding for dredging and reclamation work at its marine terminal in Ras al-Khair by almost one month, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday. The extension, pushing out the submission date to Sept. 29 from Aug. 31, was given after potential bidders asked for more time to prepare offers, the sources said. However, some bidders are expected to ask Aramco for several more weeks after the company requested this week additional content be included in submissions, one of the sources added on condition of anonymity. The project is the first phase of a huge ship repair and shipbuilding complex in the east of the country seen as key in the kingdom's economic transformation plan.
OCSCL Secures Port Contract
Multiport member Oriental Commercial & Shipping Co Ltd. (OCSCL) has won a ten-year contract to operate the passenger terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia. The contract includes all operational activities including the transportation of passengers to and from vessels. OCSCL serves the Saudi ports of Jeddah, Dammam, Dhuba, Gizan, Jubail, Rabigh, Ras Tanura, Riyadh and Yanbu. Its areas of expertise include ship agency, inspections and surveys, crew changes and repatriation, and ship chandlery. OCSCL is part of the Al Zakir International Group that operates other shipping and marine activities in the Middle East. Dr. Mohamed A H Zakir Bokhari…
Abu Dhabi Port Eases Restrictions on Tankers Going to and from Qatar
Abu Dhabi port authorities have eased restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar, according to industry sources and shipping circulars seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority issued a new circular on Wednesday removing previous restrictions on non-Qatar owned, flagged or operated vessels sailing to and from Qatar. This effectively allows direct trade between the two ports and co-loading of crude cargoes, a Singapore-based shipbroker said. A Middle East-based industry source said there had been no official notification on halting the co-loading of crude cargoes. The ban on vessels carrying the Qatari flag and vessels owned or operated by Qatar is still in place, according to the circular.
ISS Launches Joint Venture Ops in Saudi Arabia
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) launched new operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing ISS with a presence in one of the largest industrial and project-orientated economies within the Middle East. In creating the new entity, ISS has signed a joint venture agreement (JV) with Al Bakri Group of Saudi Arabia. The JV, known as ISS Saudi Arabia will provide customers with marine, cargo and government services as well as survey and liner agency; all specifically tailored to meet the precise needs of each customer’s business. ISS Saudi Arabia will also operate launch services off Rastanura. All services are available to customers 24/7, and are supported by ISS’s global network, systems, infrastructure and standard operating procedures.
Saudi Aramco Inks Deals to Build Gulf's Biggest Shipyard
Bahri, Lamprell, Hyundai Heavy are partners and will build VLCC's starting in 2019. Saudi Aramco plans to build the Gulf's largest shipyard through a joint venture with three companies that it announced on Wednesday, a $5.2 billion project aimed at helping reduce the economy's reliance on oil. Low oil prices have drastically slowed Saudi Arabia's economy so it is trying to create manufacturing jobs and produce goods and services which traditionally it has imported. Its strategy is to use large amounts of government money and the procurement budgets of big state-run enterprises…
Saudis Stop Tankers From Entering Yemen, UN Says
A Saudi-led military coalition and the government of Yemen denied four oil tankers access to a Yemeni port last week, a move that could hurt the flow of aid and exacerbate a cholera outbreak in the country, a United Nations agency said. The vessels were on their way to Hodeidah, a Red Sea port controlled by the rebel Houthi movement that is aligned with Iran. Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, is leading a military coalition fighting the Houthis. More than 1,900 people have died from cholera in Yemen and 400,000 cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak in April. The disease spreads in polluted water, and fuel is needed to run pumps for clean water and power generators in hospitals, among other uses. Yemen is also facing a looming famine.
New Saudi Arabia Shipyard to be ‘World’s Largest’
Developers of a new shipyard in Saudi Arabia say the facility will be the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services, including large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication and offshore support vessel repair. The new facility, a joint venture between state oil giant Saudi Aramco, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, Lamprell and Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be located in the eastern Saudi port of Ras Al-Khair, north of Jubail on the Persian Gulf. It is planned to be fully operational by 2021.
ISS Launches Operations in Saudi Arabia
Joint venture with Al Bakri Group set to create leading maritime and cargo services business in the region. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, today announced the launch of new operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The move provides ISS with a significant presence in one of the largest industrial and project-orientated economies within the Middle East. In creating the new entity, ISS has signed a joint venture agreement (JV) with Al Bakri Group, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading and most respected organisations. The JV, known as ISS Saudi Arabia will provide customers with marine, cargo and government services as well as survey and liner agency; all specifically tailored to meet the precise needs of each customer’s business.
Saudi Seaports Witness 10% Increase In Cargo To Q3 2010
Recognising the vital role of the region’s ports in providing trade links between the Far East, Asia, Europe and the US, international shipping and cargo experts are set to gather in Abu Dhabi on 28-30 March, for the World Ports and Trade Summit 2011. Multi-billion dollar investment in port operations across the Middle East is again surging forward in the post-recessionary environment, including Saudi Arabia, where total port throughput, increased almost 10% for the twelve months to the end of Q3 2010, according to figures released by the Saudi Ports Authority.
Saudi Aramco Awards First Contract for Planned Shipyard Complex
Saudi Aramco said it has awarded the first major contract in the planned construction of a $5.2 billion shipyard complex designed to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil exports. The national oil company said on Tuesday it awarded the contract for dredging, reclamation and marine structures to a consortium comprising Saudi Archirodon Co and Huta Hegerfeld AG Saudia Co. Aramco, which is leading construction of the shipyard, did not reveal the value of the contract but said it would be completed by 2020. Among other things, it includes building 4,500 metres of concrete quay walls and wharves, as well as breakwaters, at Ras Al Khair on the east coast. (Reporting by Andrew Torchia)
Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Heavy Sign MoU
Saudi Aramco, Dussur – the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company, and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly collaborate on engines and pumps business development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The MOU lays out an engine and pump business cooperation framework, through the formation of a joint venture (JV) to manufacture two-stroke engines, four-stroke engines and marine pumps; including sales and aftersales services in the MENA region.
Saudi Aramco Shipyard Joint Venture Appoints CEO
Saudi Aramco and its partners have appointed Fathi K. Al-Saleem as chief executive of a joint venture to build a shipyard on the kingdom’s east coast, part of the Saudi Arabian government’s drive to diversify the economy beyond oil. The state-owned oil giant said in a statement on Friday that International Maritime Industries (IMI) had been officially launched in partnership with National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), engineering firm Lamprell Plc, and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.
Construction of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex Gains Steam
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that Royal Inauguration Ceremony of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex was held at Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia with the attendance of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on November 29. The ceremony was also attended by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince; Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Amin al-Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Choi Kil-seon, Chairman of HHI; Chung Ki-sun, Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning Office of HHI. King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex…
UASC Appoints New Board Leaders
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced the appointment of Dr. Nabeel Al-Amudi as the new Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, and Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani, as Vice-Chairman. Dr. Al Amudi, Al-Thani and the rest of the board will be responsible for driving the company’s global expansion plans and spearheading the company’s efforts to cement UASC’s positions as the market leader in the Middle East and as an emerging global carrier. Dr. Al-Amudi is currently the President of the Saudi Ports Authority. Prior to joining the Saudi Ports Authority, Dr.
First Two Mooring Boats Launched for Port of Ras Laffan
Nakilat has celebrated the delivery of two 16-meter mooring boats built by shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar for towage operator Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The built-in-Qatar vessels will be operated at the Port of Ras Laffan. The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats, named Ras Al Allaj Qatar and Al Esaiwed, are the first of a seven-vessel order that Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar is currently working on for Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The vessels will work on a long-term charter…
Tankers Load Qatari Crude as Crisis Eases
Two VLCCs co-load Qatari, Abu Dhabi grades; impact of shipping restriction less severe than expected. Exports of Qatari crude oil have not been hindered by a port ban imposed by other Gulf states as tankers are loading Qatari grades along with cargoes from the United Arab Emirate, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed on Wednesday. Two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC), which can each carry up to 2 million barrels of oil, successfully loaded Abu Dhabi grades on Wednesday…