Topaz Energy and Marine committed to Saudization

The trainees along with the staff of the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the King Abdulaziz University and Topaz senior management, Paul Jarkiewicz, regional director — MENA & Subsea, and Willem de Vries, country manager — Saudi Arabia.
Updated 15 July 2017
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Topaz Energy and Marine committed to Saudization

Topaz Marine KSA Co. Ltd. has welcomed 25 Saudi graduates from the Faculty of Maritime Studies of King Abdulaziz University (KAU), to receive their practical training on-board Topaz vessels in Saudi Arabia. Topaz Marine is a fully-owned subsidiary of Topaz Energy and Marine, a UAE-based and a leading international offshore support vessel owner.
The Saudi graduates have recently completed the three-month “Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch” training offered by the KAU and sponsored by Topaz. The company is now welcoming the cadets to the next and final stage in the formal training program, which is a two-month practical work experience on-board Topaz vessels. Subject to the successful completion of the Topaz practical work experience, the trainees will be awarded the STCW AII/4 “Certificate of Competency” by the Saudi Maritime Authorities and will be qualified to work as seamen.
René Kofod-Olsen, CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine, said: “We are committed to help develop local talent in Saudi Arabia and make a positive contribution to the Kingdom’s maritime industry, for which we see good growth opportunities.
Our practical work experience program is designed to help passionate Saudi graduates begin a successful career in the Saudi maritime industry.” The practical experience program for Saudi graduates is part of a strategic agreement with the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the KAU in Jeddah.
Following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the KAU in December 2014, Topaz has been providing cadet-seats on board of its vessels, which is part of the formal officer-training program for students graduating from the Faculty of Maritime Studies.


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.