With a comparatively small container capability of 364 TEU, but a lot of RoRo and and general cargo space, the ships are custom designed for the Saudi lines needs and carry two 240 tonne heavy lift cranes. At 50, 714 gross tons, they are large ships, but measure only 27,957 deadweight tonnes, due the large number of car decks.
It is interesting to compare these with the Oceanex Connaigra and the newly announced Q4 ships for Atlantic Container Line. They are all quite different, to suit the nature of their trades.
NSCSA has adopted the Bahri prefix for the new ships, replacing Saudi. Previous user of the Tabuk name, Saudi Tabuk has been sold for scrap. Built in 1983 it was rated for 2025 TEUs (deck load only). Its last visit here was June 14, 2013 (as pictured).
As ship of this class is also the subject of the Shipfax header photo.