ABS classes Bahri’s first gas-ready VLCC

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The ABS-classed 319,000dwt Rayah, Bahri’s first gas-ready very large crude carrier (VLCC), has been delivered by HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel features the ABS SUSTAIN-1 notation as well as the LNG Ready notation recognizing its preparations for a future retrofit for LNG-fuelled operation.

Contributing to the construction were engineers from International Maritime Industries (IMI, the largest shipyard in the Middle East, that is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia and in which Bahri has a stake.

The ABS Sustain notations demonstrate adherence to certain UN Sustainable Development Goals related to vessel design, outfitting and layout that can be controlled, measured and assessed. They establish a pathway for sustainability certification and reporting. Both the SUSTAIN-1 and LNG Ready notations reflect Bahri, IMI, and ABS’ commitment to the environmental protection elements of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision.

“This is an innovative vessel that is leading the way in terms of its design and its approach to sustainability, and we are proud to have been able to use our expertise to support its development,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki.

IMI CEO, Fathi Al-Saleem, said: “The completion of this project is a major milestone for us and a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of everyone involved. Working with our partners, we have successfully delivered the vessel on time and to the highest international shipbuilding standards, in line with the ABS Sustain notations.”

“ABS is a long-standing business partner of Bahri Ship management and has been very supportive in Bahri’s initiatives of building the first of its kind VLCC vessel with SUSTAIN-1 and LNG Ready notations,” said Bahri Ship Management President, Abdulaziz Sabri. “Bahri considers ABS as one of its important business partners in Sustainable growth programs and the Kingdom’s 2030 vision for environmental protection.”

ABS has introduced an ‘Alternative Fuel Ready’ approach to help shipowners prepare their fleets for the introduction of alternative fuels. Introduced through the Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels, it is designed to support shipowners looking to build a new vessel or convert an existing one to use LNG, methanol, ethane, LPG, hydrogen, ammonia and other gases or low-flashpoint fuels.

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