Bahri, formerly the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, is the Riyadh-based national carrier of that country. Bahri structures its business operations around six units: Oil, Chemicals, Logistics, Dry Bulk, Ship Management, and Data. Bahri's range of services include transportation of crude oil, oil products, chemical, bulk cargo, roll-on/roll-off, and ship management.
Founded in 1979, Bahri Logistics was the first strategic business unit to be created within Bahri, and it is now one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world. In 2019, it operated 6 new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels, each with 26,000 DWT, on a regular liner schedule; four vessels that connected the United States with Saudi Arabia and major ports in the Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and the Mediterranean; and 2 vessels that connected Europe to Saudi Arabia and key ports in the Gulf and the Mediterranean. Bahri was also the largest owner and operator of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) in the world, and the largest owner of chemical tanker ships in the Middle East. In 2019, the company owned 91 vessels, including 44 VLCCs, 36 chemical/product tankers, 6 multipurpose vessels and 5 dry bulk carriers.
In 2010 Bahri Dry Bulk was established as a joint venture (JV) between Bahri and Arabian Agricultural Services Company (ARASCO), with a mandate to acquire, own, charter and commercially operate a fleet of dry bulk vessels. Bahri Dry Bulk is the leading bulk carrier in Saudi Arabia specializing in the transportation of grain, coal, barley and other dry bulk cargoes.