The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) will add the Port of Jacksonville to its liner service schedule.
The carrier’s vessel Bahri Abha
, which will be used to connect the United States with Saudi Arabia and Arabian Gulf ports, will make its first call at the Florida port on April 22.
The Bahri Abha
is the first of six new, multi-purpose cargo vessels that Bahri will place into its liner service. The rotation of the service includes Baltimore (import), Houston, Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington (N.C.), Baltimore (export), New York, Halifax, Jeddah (eastbound), Jebel Ali, Dammam, Mesaieed, Mumbai, Mundra, Jeddah (westbound) and Livorno.
“This expansion is directly in line with the company’s strategy,” said Engr. Saleh Al- Jasser, Bahri’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “Bahri has long been exploring options to add potential ports and improve voyage utilization. The Jacksonville Port possesses great cargo potential and it is a strategic port that could be added into our rotation, and structured to accommodate our new vessel’s design.”
Bahri’s new general cargo ships are equipped with two heavy-lift cranes of 120-tons capacity each (combined lift of 240 tons) and can accommodate roll-on/roll-off cargo over a 250-ton quarter ramp. In addition to ro-ro cargo, the vessels can handle breakbulk commodities, project and over-size items, and containers.