1997 News Story

Saudi merchant marine flourishing

The Saudi National Shipping Line now has 172 ocean-going ships operating in its fleet worldwide, not including vessels plying territorial waters and linking the various Saudi ports. In addition, there are more than 20,000 fishing and excursion boats operating along the Saudi coasts, both on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. The Saudi merchant marine carries about 90 percent of the Kingdom's imports and exports, and is considered an important element of the national economy as well as providing job opportunities for Saudi nationals.