26 JUL 2017
London, 26 July 2017: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) recently participated in board meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held at its headquarters in London, UK, on 24-28 July 2017. The Kingdom’s high-profile delegation was led by H.E. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, KSA’s Minister of Transport, Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, President of the Public Transport Authority, senior Bahri officials including Wael Al-Sarhan, Senior Vice President – Marketing, and Abdulaziz Sabri, Vice President, Bahri Ship Management, as well as other representatives from the maritime sector in KSA.
During the meeting, the delegation met with the Secretary-General of IMO, Kitack Lim, to review the Kingdom’s efforts in the maritime transportation sector, with discussions ranging from the security and safety of its territorial waters and its fight against piracy to marine environment protection.
The meeting comes as part of the Kingdom’s preparations to submit its candidacy for the membership of the IMO Council under Category (C). The Kingdom, represented by Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, will host the members of IMO on Wednesday, July 26th, to review the efforts initiated by the various stakeholders.
During the visit, IMO members will explore the tremendous growth achieved by Bahri, the world’s largest owner and operator of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), with a fleet of 86 tankers and vessels operating across sectors, with one of its new VLCCs, ‘Amjad’, securing its registration under the Saudi flag in April earlier this year. In addition to its commitment to playing a significant role in contributing to Saudi Vision 2030, the company is continuously expanding and developing its services, thus opening up new trade routes and strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a unique regional gateway to three continents in logistics.