Safeen Feeders, one of the AD Ports group’s leading container refueling operators, has acquired a container ship that will strengthen its fleet of refueling services in the Persian Gulf.
Safeen Pearl, formerly known as Vega Virgo, will be deployed in its UAE Coastal Service (UCO) providing seamless connection to UAE coastal ports through its hub at Khalifa Port, according to a WAM report.
The UAE-Coastal Feeder Service provides shipping customers with a seamless connectivity solution that expedites last-leg deliveries between the group’s flagship, Khalifa port, and the coastal ports of Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah, while supporting the movement of goods and the optimization of local supply chains.
Additionally, the cost-effective service complements Safeen Feeder’s United Arab Emirates Indian Subcontinent (UIG) Gulf service which benefits exporters operating from the West Coast of India and Pakistan by allowing them to connect their volume to coastal ports of the United Arab Emirates.
It also provides a hub and spoke network option to major shipping lines calling at the port of Khalifa.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Director of Enterprise Authority and Acting Head of Maritime Cluster – AD Ports Group, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, said:, and also brings a host of enhanced capabilities and indispensable capabilities within the ranks of our service fleet.
“As part of the UAE Coastal Food Service, Safeen Pearl will dramatically improve our ability to provide customers with a flexible, agile, sustainable and cost-effective solution that meets their demand for coastal service to the UAE from our hub in Khalifa It will also develop our ability to target customers in the Indian subcontinent and the Persian Gulf region and connect them with some of the largest ocean liners in the world.
Safeen Pearl has a Registered Gross Tonnage (GRT) of 10,000 tonnes and a rated handling capacity of 966 TEUs. It has an LOA of 139 meters, a width of 22.6 meters and a draft of 8.8 meters. It was built in South Korea in 2012.
Captain Abdulla Darwish Al Hayyas, Director of Maritime Transport Affairs at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “The UAE has consolidated its pioneering position among the best maritime hubs in the world.
“The UAE’s ports rank among the top 10 internationally in terms of container handling volume. UAE ports handled over 19 million TEUs in 2020. The addition of Safeen Pearl to AD Ports Group’s food service fleet in the Persian Gulf will improve the UAE’s position and its maritime trade and transhipment capabilities.
“The registration of the vessel, which bears the flag of the United Arab Emirates, confirms that it meets all the requirements set by international organizations regarding the flag State in accordance with regulations and procedures that ensure the safety, protection of the environment and maritime safety.
“In addition, this decision also supports the UAE’s candidacy for re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in Category B, which will take place next month; support the active role of the United Arab Emirates in the service of the maritime transport sector and international trade. “
Launched in 2020, Safeen Feeders was established to provide premium food services connecting Abu Dhabi with other crucial ports in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent. Safeen Feeders currently operates its services under a joint business agreement with Bengal Tiger Line (BTL), a well-known food service operator. The current service network offered by Safeen Feeders covers nine key ports in the target region and intends to extend its network coverage to Africa, other ports in the Middle East and Asia. – TradeArabia News Service