Jeddah, May 14th 2013
Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully transported 630,000 juvenile sea bream fish from Larnaca (Cyprus) to Tabuk (Saudi Arabia). The operation, undertaken on behalf of Tabuk Fisheries via Sagro Aquaculture, required meticulous planning and coordination due to the special nature of the cargo involved.
Close coordination between the Saudia Cargo team and Sagro Aquaculture was essential in order to ensure that the logistical aspects ran as smoothly as possible. This included obtaining special approval from Flight Operations for the method of shipment, arranging extra Ground Support equipment for Tabuk Airport to be able to handle the MD11F scheduled for the flight – the largest aircraft to operate through Tabuk in recent years — and obtaining permission from the Airport Authority and Customs to handle such a large quantity of live cargo arrivals into the Kingdom.
“Thanks to the team effort of everyone involved in this project, we are delighted to report the safe arrival of the young fish to their new home in Tabuk,” said Steve Manser, Director — Cargo Charter Sales at Saudia Cargo. “The success of this operation serves to demonstrate the wide range and nature of cargo that we are able to handle and we hope that the fish will be joined shortly by future flights from Larnaca,” he added.
“On behalf of Tabuk Fisheries Company, I would like to thank the Saudia Cargo team for their valuable cooperation on this project,” said Mohammed Al Ammari, President of Tabuk Fisheries Company. “I hope that we will be able to do more business together in the future.”
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates scheduled freighter services with 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. The cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.
Sagro Aquaculture Ltd was established in 1982 and was a pioneer in the then emerging field of marine fish farming. The company has extensive experience in offshore aquaculture and has cooperated with other companies on the development of two deep-sea fish farms in Cyprus not fully protected by landmass. Sagro Aquaculture specializes in the production of high quality fingerlings, which are delivered to fish farms in Cyprus and overseas for growing purposes. Sagro offers all its clients technical support and consultancy with regard to farm design and supervisory activities. In addition it has been involved in third party consulting and advisory services for projects related to offshore fish farming and hatchery development in the Middle East and North Africa.