Leading tanker operator Bahri announced Wednesday that its vessels are now enrolled in the United States Coast Guard's QUALSHIP 21 program, which recognizes foreign flagged vessels with a high quality of operations and maintenance. Less than 10% of the ships that call at US ports meet QUALSHIP 21 eligibility requirements.
The three-year enrollment provides Bahri with a number of benefits, including limited oversight when calling at US ports – translating to less delays and faster clearance and delivery of goods for clients – as well as enhanced market credibility from being an approved operator.
"We are proud that a sizeable number of vessels from our North American fleet have been recognized as adhering to one of the industry's most exacting quality standards. The Bahri brand name has become synonymous with quality, reliability and safety . . . and being awarded QUALSHIP 21 status adds a further layer of trust for our clients," said Ibrahim Al Omar, CEO of Bahri, adding that the recognition is a testament to the dedication of the company's technical managers.
"Most of the privileges the QUALSHIP certification confers on Bahri directly benefit our customers, who can look forward to receiving their cargo safe and early,” he added. “This provides us with a terrific competitive edge, and will help strengthen our position as a preferred shipping partner as customers weighing between two identical carriers will naturally opt for the one that has an international seal of approval.”
Bahri is the world’s second largest VLCC tanker owner, and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih recently announced that it will grow its fleet to become the largest. Its five business units cover the transportation of crude oil, oil products, chemical, bulk and general cargo, and it also provides ship management services. Beyond ship operations, it is also part of the consortium behind a major greenfield shipyard development at the new port in Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia.