The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia engages in the purchasing, chartering, and operating vessels for cargo and passengers transportation. It operates through the following business units: Crude Oil Transportation; General Cargo Transportation; Chemical Transportation; and Dry Bulk Transportation. The Crude Oil Transportation segment provides crude carriers such as tankers. The General Cargo Transportation segment operates on commercial lines between North America, and Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The Chemical Transportation segment refers to the operation of vessels for liquid chemical and clean petroleum products such as fuel, gasoline, and vegetables oils. The Dry Bulk Transportation segment refers to the roll-on-roll-off transportation of heavy lift and container cargo. The company was founded on January 21, 1978 and is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.