The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is leading a push for Saudi Arabia to become a member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council.
Senior representatives from Bahri, along with other members of a Saudi Arabia delegation, recently participated in board meetings of the IMO, which took place at the organisation’s headquarters in London, UK.
The meetings come as part of Saudi Arabi’s preparations to submit its candidacy for the membership of the IMO Council under Category ‘C’.
The IMO Council membership is made up of three groups of states, designated A, B and C.
Category C, in which Saudi Arabia is seeking a seat, is open to 20 states that have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.
“Bahri has a long tradition of supporting Saudi government initiatives and representing the nation at important regional and international meetings and conferences to advance the reputation of the Kingdom’s shipping industry and promote its strategic interests,” said Wael Al-Sarhan, senior vice president – marketing, Bahri.
“As a pivotal player in the global transportation and logistics sector, Bahri is keen to strengthen the Kingdom’s position and influence in the international maritime order,” Al-Sarhan said.
He added that Bahri is committed to leverage its goodwill and network of contacts to ensure that Saudi Arabia wins a seat on the Council for the next two years, allowing the country to play a strategic role on the global maritime stage.
“Saudi Arabia is home to one of the world’s most vibrant transportation and logistics industries, and we at Bahri are dedicated to supporting the logistics goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030 – both through our business operations and by utilizing our good offices – thus, contributing toward the overall economic development of the nation and the well-being of its people,” Al-Sarhan said.