Gulfnav to expand fleet by a third

07 April 2008
Gulfnav has announced plans to expand its fleet of tankers, at a cost of AED1.2bn ($327m).

The Dubai-based shipping group will increase its fleet to 24 vessels, from its present 18.

Company chairman, Abdullah al-Shuraim, says the company will buy a range of oil and petrochemical tankers, and has already placed orders for four of these.

The first, built in South Korea with a capacity of 46,000 tonnes, will be delivered in May. A second, also built in South Korea, will arrive before the end of the year.

The next two, built in China, will be delivered in 2009, with the remaining two vessels to be ordered in the near future. All of the initial four tankers will be leased to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic).

Gulfnav recently announced record profits AED116m in 2007, a 121 per cent increase on 2006.

A MEED Subscription...

Subscribe or upgrade your current MEED.com package to support your strategic planning with the MENA region’s best source of business information. Proceed to our online shop below to find out more about the features in each package.

Get Notifications