The Jacksonville Port Authority in Florida has received the first vessel call from Bahri General Cargo (the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia).
Bahri Abha called on Jaxport’s Blount Island Marine Terminal and loaded vehicles and other cargoes headed to the Middle East. The vessel is the first of six new cargo vessels that Bahri has placed into service calling the U.S. East Coast and Persian Gulf ports.
In March, Bahri and Jaxport announced regular service between Jacksonville, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
Adding Jacksonville to the rotation will allow access to a larger market and assist in improving vessel utilization, the carrier’s executives said in a written statement.
Bahri General Cargo’s current itinerary is: Baltimore (import); Houston; Jacksonville; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Wilmington, N.C.; Baltimore (export); New York; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (eastbound); Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Mesaieed, Qatar; Mumbai, India; Mundra, India; Jeddah (westbound); and Livorno, Italy.