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Bahri and Bunge to form ocean freight joint venture

Bahri Dry Bulk Company (BDB) and Koninklijke Bunge B.V. (Bunge), have announced that they have signed definitive agreements forming a joint venture (JV) to establish a leading ocean freight supplier for dry bulk import and export flows in and out of the Middle East.

Bahri Dry Bulk Company (BDB), a subsidiary of the Bahri Group, the national shipping arm of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Koninklijke Bunge B.V. (Bunge), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Ltd, a global agribusiness and food company, announced that they have signed definitive agreements forming a joint venture (JV) to establish a leading ocean freight supplier for dry bulk import and export flows in and out of the Middle East region.

Operating under the name of Bunge Bahri Dry Bulk Ltd (BBDB), the JV will provide exclusive freight transportation services to regional and other international customers. The company plans to ship over 5 million tonnes in year one, ramping up volume over time to double-digit figures.

– Bunge is excited to partner with BDB to strengthen our presence in the Middle East. We expect the JV to become a carrier of choice for customers importing grains and other agricultural commodities in the Middle East, as well as for dry bulk exports outside of the region, said Brian Thomsen, Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines in a statement.

BDB and Bunge will own 60/40 percent of the JV respectively, and it will be registered and based in Dubai. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The JV, which will be financed pro rata by BDB and Bunge, will charter and commercially operate SUPRAMAX and/or PANAMAX (and/or other suitably sized dry bulk vessels) initially from the fleet currently owned or managed by BDB and subsequently from third parties.

– This JV is one of BDB’s strategic initiatives to reduce complexity for our customers along the value chain. Working with a leading global player in commodity trading brings the necessary commercial and market intelligence to dry bulk supply and demand fundamentals, and Bunge brings crucial expertise and scale to the table. Their global presence in commodity flows and knowledge of the freight market, coupled with our maritime expertise and strategic position in the region, creates a powerful alliance to meet growing demand for freight services within the Middle East, said Ibrahim Al-Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Bahri Group.

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