Bahri shines at Indian maritime awards

The award was accepted on behalf of the company by Capt. Jiten Bhosale, country manager, Bahri Logistics, at a ceremony in Mumbai.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Bahri shines at Indian maritime awards

Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, won the “Shipping Line of the Year — Break Bulk Operator” title for the third year running at the 9th edition of the All India Maritime and Logistics Awards (MALA) 2018, the leading awards program for India’s maritime industry.

Hosted by Exim India, the annual awards have emerged as an authoritative recognition of quality service, best practices and innovation across all segments of the maritime and logistics sector. Winners are selected by a jury comprising experienced industry professionals and thought leaders.

The award was accepted on behalf of the company by Capt. Jiten Bhosale, country manager, Bahri Logistics, at a ceremony held at St. Regis Hotel Mumbai on Aug. 31. The event was attended by officials and representatives from leading maritime companies in the Indian market and beyond.

Ahmed Al-Ghaith, president, Bahri Logistics, said: “Taking home this coveted award for three years in a row is a remarkable achievement, and one that further strengthens Bahri’s reputation for delivering outstanding breakbulk services of the highest caliber to our valued clients in the Indian market. This has been made possible through our sustained focus on service excellence and quality assurance. With demand for breakbulk services continuing to rise in the market, we remain fully committed to further developing our operational capabilities and providing exceptional support to our clients in India.” 

Bahri has established itself as a prominent player in the Indian maritime sector, linking the country with key global markets along the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, the Mediterranean and the US via a fast and reliable liner service using its fleet of state-of-the-art RoCon vessels. 

This service also helps connect the country to Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean via internationally recognized transshipment hubs.


Ma’aden acquisition supports Vision 2030

Updated 24 April 2019
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Ma’aden acquisition supports Vision 2030

The acquisition of an African fertilizer distribution company by Ma’aden, the largest Saudi mining company, will advance Ma’aden’s Strategy 2025, which includes plans to expand operations in the Kingdom and grow sales globally. The acquisition will also support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the economy, increase non-oil exports, boost the Kingdom’s non-oil GDP, and reinforce the mining sector as the third pillar of Saudi industry, after oil and gas and petrochemicals. 

Ma’aden will make its first international acquisition with the purchase of the Mauritius-based Meridian Group, which is due to be completed by September for an undisclosed fee.

The publicly-listed Saudi mining company will acquire an 85 percent stake in the company in an all-cash deal that will provide one of the Middle East’s largest phosphate producers with 3,000 staff and a network of operations across southern Africa, from Malawi to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Phosphate is used to produce fertilizer that is essential in replacing the phosphorous mineral that is removed from soil when agricultural crops are harvested. 

“This acquisition marks a very important step in Ma’aden’s strategy to build global distribution channels for our fertilizer products,” said Darren Davis, president and chief executive of Ma’aden. “As we continue to build one of the largest producers and exporters of phosphate fertilizers in the world, ensuring an efficient route to key growth markets is critical to our success.” 

Agriculture forms a significant portion of the economies of all African countries. As a sector, it can therefore contribute to major continental priorities, such as eradicating poverty and hunger. The agri industry can also boost intra-Africa trade and investments, rapid industrialization and economic diversification, sustainable resource and environmental management, and create jobs, human security and shared prosperity.

The Southeast African market, like most of the African continent of 1 billion people, is experiencing increased demand for phosphate fertilizers which industry analysts expect to continue growing by 5 percent annually over the next decade, fueled by population growth and increasing education in the use of fertilizers.

“Ma’aden is acquiring unparalleled access to complementary distribution, blending and product-development capabilities in this fast-growth region,” said Hassan Al-Ali, Ma’aden’s senior vice president for phosphate. “This transaction will provide us with logistics advantages in Southeast Africa, and greater knowledge of on-the-ground customer requirements, both of which will be instrumental in better serving our customers.”

The Saudi global mining giant will secure the remaining 15 percent of Meridian’s equity over four years on agreed terms linked to the performance of the African company, which distributes approximately half-a-million tons of fertilizer through its network of granulation and blending plants, warehousing complexes and port facilities. 

HSBC acted as Ma’aden’s financial adviser on the deal and Baker McKenzie was the Saudi company’s legal adviser for this acquisition.