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P&O Maritime Logistics will use its fleet to transport off-site manufactured pre-finished volumetric hotel villas to the Sheybarah Island Resort, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast.

The company has sealed a deal with the global heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet to transport the unique hotel villas, all the way from Hamriyah to the Sheybarah Island Resort.

P&O Maritime Logistics, which is a provider of critical logistics and marine solutions, will use its versatile Multi Carrying Vessel (MCV) fleet to support the shipment of Red Sea Global villas from the UAE to Saudi Arabia. It is worth mentioning that Red Sea Global, is a closed joint-stock company, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

The two companies are supporting Red Sea Global in its ambitious project, which champions regenerative tourism, and sustainable development in the Kingdom.

The Multi Carrying Vessels selected for the project were serviced in drydock facilities before the contract, in order to limit their possible impact on local marine life, and their ballast systems were filled with water from the Red Sea, to reduce the chance of introducing foreign organisms. Additionally, the shallow draft of MCVs and with the versatile thruster arrangement used on P&O Maritime Logistics vessels, mean that there will be minimal disturbance of the shallow seabed, as the company claims.

Furthermore, the MCVs’ shallow draft makes them an ideal vessel for accessing areas, where larger ships are unable to fit due to their size.

P&O Maritime Logistics, a subsidiary of DP World, recently chartered a new route between the Port of Jeddah and Port Sudan, where its MCV fleet is carrying containers across the Red Sea for the first time, brining additional volumes and reducing waiting times for main line carriers.

Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics, said: “As a company headquartered in Dubai, we regularly operate in the Red Sea and around the Middle East. It is particularly exciting that our MCV fleet has been so successful in this region on a variety of projects.”

Jad Ayoub, Project Director for Mammoet said: “We are pleased to have P&O Maritime Logistics supporting us with the shipment of villas for the Sheybarah Island Resort. We have selected P&O Maritime Logistics for its vessels with shallower drafts that will have minimal impact on the sensitive marine environment of the Red Sea.”