GE will provide maintenance services for the vessels' electric propulsion systems under the deal.
The arrangement will also see the company supply parts for the ships' propulsion motors, medium-voltage drives, generators and switchboards.
Additional works outlined in the contract include the modification of the vessels’ propulsion automation systems and fitting the fleet with visor remote monitoring devices, which will help in identifying the potential issues that may affect diagnostic services.
GE is also expected to provide training to the ships' personnel to enable them operate the new systems.
The vessels will feature improved environmental, fuel-efficiency and safety capabilities, and will be able to carry up to 80,000t of cargo per voyage.
The new carriers will be used to import essential grains such as barley, wheat and corn into the Saudi Arabia.