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International Maritime Industries Signs Agreement with Bahri Logistics to Expand its Storage and Logistics Services

Dammam, Saudi Arabia, 28 September 2022 – International Maritime Industries (IMI), the largest shipyard in the MENA region, has signed a long-term agreement with Bahri Logistics, one of Bahri’s business units, to enhance its supply chain through state-of-the-art warehousing and logistics services. The agreement supports IMI’s commitment to developing the Saudi maritime industry and will further enable IMI to offer its customers a highly responsive localized supply chain that reduces risk, lowers costs, and speeds up response times. Dr. Abdullah Al Ahmari, Chief Executive Officer of IMI, and Eng. Soror Basalom, Bahri Logistics President signed the agreement during Saudi Maritime Congress 2022 taking place in Dammam from 28-29 September. Under the agreement, IMI will leverage Bahri Logistics’ expertise to operate and manage three warehouses and a total of 33 stores across its yard in Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Bahri Logistics will handle the transportation of materials required for new build and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations from local and international suppliers to IMI’s premises, including inland transportation and customs clearance. The three warehouses will cover a combined area of around 30,000 square meters – including storage and workshop areas – and will be located in Zones C and D of IMI’s yard, which focuses on new-build activities for commercial vessels and offshore jackup rigs and lift boats. The 33 stores will be distributed across various yard zones. Bahri Logistics will design, install, and manage the day-to-day operations of all the storage systems. Dr. Abdullah Al Ahmari said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement with Bahri Logistics and further our partnership with Bahri, a global leader in transport and logistics and one of our four founding JV partners. This agreement reflects Bahri’s ongoing commitment to supporting our efforts to build a world-class shipyard with an advanced and fully integrated supply chain, that will help drive the development of Saudi Arabia’s maritime industry. IMI is built on a foundation of key partnerships with leading industry companies, and working with a leading logistics provider such as Bahri Logistics further enhances our strong product and service offerings.” Eng. Soror Basalom, President, Bahri Logistics said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with our partner, IMI. Through our comprehensive portfolio of services and strong track record of industrial logistics projects, we are confident in our ability to fulfill IMI’s storage and logistics needs. Working with IMI to leverage our technical expertise and facilitate knowledge transfer and capacity building, we are proud to be contributing to the development of the Saudi maritime industry under Vision 2030.” IMI, a joint venture between leading industry partners Saudi Aramco, Bahri, Lamprell, and HHI, is the largest shipyard in the MENA region at nearly 12 million square meters. It provides new build and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial vessels, including VLCCs, Bulk Carriers, Offshore Support Vessels, and Offshore Jackup rigs.

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IMI & ARO announced the delivery and naming ceremony for their first jack up rig, KINGDOM 1

Ras Al khair, Saudi Arabia, November 2023 – International Maritime Industries (IMI), the largest shipyard in the MENA region, and ARO Drilling, a prominent player in the offshore drilling sector, announced the delivery and naming ceremony for their first jack up rig, KINGDOM 1. This milestone underscores the robust and long-term partnership between IMI and ARO Drilling, and their commitment to driving the growth and development of the Saudi energy sector. Designed to the Letourneau Super 116E Class standard, KINGDOM 1 is a key addition to ARO Drilling’s growing fleet, cementing their position as a one-of-a-kind drilling contractor in Saudi Arabia. The construction of KINGDOM 1 in Hamriyah, UAE, in collaboration with IMI’s long-term partner, Lamprell, demonstrates IMI’s commitment to excellence and industry-leading standards. These rigs showcase IMI’s extensive engineering and manufacturing capabilities and the invaluable knowledge exchange between experts from all parties. Dr. Abdullah Al Ahmari, Chief Executive Officer of IMI, said: “This achievement marks a pivotal moment in our strategic plans and symbolizes the strength of our collaboration with ARO Drilling. We are making strides towards our localization goals and spearheading the development of the Saudi maritime industry. The successful completion of the naming ceremony serves as a testament to the dedication and expertise of our teams, and we are looking forward to triumphing more key milestones with ARO Drilling in the near future.” Mohamed Hegazi, Chief Executive Officer of ARO Drilling, said: “This is an extremely proud moment for us all. The delivery and naming ceremony of KINGDOM 1 signals the beginning of an ambitious long-term partnership with IMI to construct 20 offshore rigs in Kingdom. This significant and unprecedented investment uniquely positions ARO to be the best-in-class drilling contractor, for decades to come, and enhance localization of the energy sector value chain. We are equally excited with the positive impact on the development of local talents’ and communities. Finally, my congratulations to the project teams who executed this impressive achievement!” IMI’s commitment to localization is evident through the involvement of Saudi nationals in the construction of jack up rigs, boosting job creation and the local economy. The construction of KINGDOM 1 not only showcases Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning capabilities in offshore rig manufacturing and maintenance but also ensures the sustainability and exponential growth of the maritime sector. IMI and ARO Drilling remain dedicated to nurturing Saudi youth by providing unparalleled training and development opportunities. During this project, over 100 apprentices and many young engineers have gained invaluable training and employment opportunities, contributing to the creation of a highly skilled local workforce. The successful delivery and naming ceremony mark a historic milestone for ARO Drilling and IMI, setting the stage for forthcoming achievements.  This collaboration will continue to foster strategic partnerships, drive localization initiatives, propel the Saudi maritime industry and create considerable demand for drilling eco-services.

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Today marks a new milestone for IMI & ARO Drilling as we celebrate the naming ceremony of KINGDOM2

Today marks a new milestone for International Maritime Industries and ARO Drilling as we celebrate the naming ceremony of KINGDOM2, our second jack-up rig. This achievement a testament to our unwavering partnership and commitment to excellence, propels us closer to our shared vision of advancing the Saudi energy sector. Congratulations to all involved in this remarkable journey of innovation and collaboration.

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