February 27 - Shipping company Bahri has opened a branch office in Mumbai to strengthen its presence in the fast-growing Indian maritime industry and lay the foundations to offer diverse shipping services to domestic customers.

Ibrahim Al-Omar, Bahri ceo, said: "The opening of our new office in Mumbai is a strategic, long-term investment by Bahri and underscores the company's strong commitment towards the Indian market as we look to expand into other verticals of the marine transportation industry.

"For Bahri, the Indian maritime sector holds enormous potential for further growth and profitability with a large customer base and rapidly increasing demand for marine transportation solutions."

Bahri Logistics, which has had a presence in India since 2000, operates multipurpose vessels on a regular liner schedule, all designed to carry project, ro-ro, breakbulk and container cargoes.

The liner service links the Indian subcontinent with key global markets along the Middle East Gulf, Red Sea, Mediterranean and the USA and Europe, with transshipment offered via the lines' own tonnage.