RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Bahri has taken delivery of its first ‘gas ready’ very large crude carrier (VLCC) Rayah.
International Maritime Industries (IMI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) built the 319,000-dwt double-hull oil carrier at the latter’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.
This was IMI’s first VLCC construction project. IMI is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, Bahri, Lamprell, and HHI.
As a ‘gas ready’ VLCC, Rayah benefits from superior fuel efficiency, as well as advanced systems to ensure heightened safety, better controls, and improved sustainability, Bahri said.
In addition, the ABS-Classed vessel features the ABS SUSTAIN-1 notation as well as the LNG Ready notation, which recognizes its preparations for a future retrofit for LNG-fueled operation. The ABS Sustain notation demonstrates adherence to certain UN Sustainable Development Goals related to vessel design, outfitting, and layout that can be controlled, measured, and assessed.
According to ABS, both notations reflect Bahri, IMI, and its commitment to the environmental protection elements of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision.