P&O Maritime Logistics, a leading provider of critical logistics and marine solutions, will use its versatile Multi Carrying Vessel (MCV) fleet to transport off-site manufactured pre-finished volumetric hotel villas to the Sheybarah Island Resort on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast.

P&O Maritime Logistics has signed a new contract with global heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet to transport the unique hotel villas, from Hamriyah, UAE, to the Sheybarah Island Resort.

The Sheybarah Island Resort is a cornerstone project and part of the Saudi 2030 vision. It will consist of a total of 73 uniquely shaped and prefabricated villas, some of which will hover above the island’s diverse ecosystem.

The MCVs selected for the project were serviced in drydock facilities before the contract in order to limit their possible impact on local marine life. Their ballast systems were filled with water from the Red Sea to reduce the chance of introducing foreign organisms.

Additionally, the shallow draft of the MCVs and the versatile thruster arrangement used on P&O Maritime Logistics vessels means that there will be minimal disturbance of the shallow seabed.

“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,” said Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics.

“We are also delighted to be supporting Mammoet in the development of the Sheybarah Island Resort, as part of Red Sea Global’s Red Sea mandate. Sustainability is at the heart of our business, and transporting the villas is just one example of how we are increasing our capacity for projects that promote sustainable development.”

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, bringing additional volumes and reducing waiting times for mainline carriers.

“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,” Jad Ayoub, project director for Mammoet said.

“With Mammoet’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and sustainability being the vision for the project, it was crucial to partner with a company that ensures their operations and values are aligned with ours.”

P&O Maritime Logistics owns and operates 400 vessels worldwide, providing a wide portfolio of value-add services to customers.