Newbuilding Activity Going From Strength to Strength
In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas added that “in tankers, the Yards long term existing customer clients of Samos Steamship have ordered two firm 115k dwt Aframax tankers at Sumitomo Shipyard. Both vessels are reportedly LNG ready and will be delivered in 2Q and 3Q of 2023. In the dry bulk market, the biggest news came from Beihai shipyard, who announced contracting two firm plus two optional 210k dwt Newcastlemax’s with Bocimar, with delivery of the firm vessels set for 2023. Hantong announced that Nisshin Shipping declared five optional 82k dwt Kamsarmaxes, bringing the series to ten overall, with delivery of the vessels expected within 2023. Shanhaiguan contracted two firm 85k dwt Kamsarmax with Huachen Leasing, set to be delivered within 2023. It was reported that Zhejiang Xinyihai Shipping agreed to two firm domestic trading 57k dwt Supramaxes at Haitong Offshore Engineering, with a further option to be declared and delivery of the firm vessels set for 1Q and 3Q 2023.
Wisdom Marine revealed orders for two sets of 40k dwt Handysizes, ordering two firm 40k dwt Handysizes at Namura Shipbuilding, with delivery expected in 2023 and 2024. They also ordered two firm 40k dwt Handysizes at Imabari Shipbuilding, again delivery of each vessel is set for 2023 and 2024. In gas carriers, just the one order as Samsung revealed contracting a 174k CBM LNG Carrier from an unknown owner, with delivery set for 2Q 2024. In containers, GSI Nansha revealed taking order for a further two firm 16,000 TEU vessels from CMB Leasing for charter to MSC, with delivery of the vessels to take place within 2024, bring the series to eight overall. Yangzijiang announced contracting ten firm and five optional LNG dual-fuelled 7,000 TEU boxships with Seaspan Corporation, set for delivery from 4Q 2023 and will continue to run throughout 2024. Clients of Navios ordered four firm and two optional 5,300 TEU vessels at Zhoushan Changhong, with delivery of the firm vessels expected through 2H 2023 and 1H 2024”, Clarkson Platou Hellas concluded.
Meanwhile, in the S&P market, shipbroker Banchero Costa said that in the dry bulk segment, “during this week the second hand activity was mainly focus on bulk carriers. Two capesizes Stella Lucy and Stella Laura (180k blt 2015 Qindao Beihai) were sold respectively at $38 mln and $36.5 mln; in both the transactions was included a TC back one of which index linked. Post-panamax Dyna Camellia (91k blt 2007 Imabari – BWTS fitted) was sold to Chinese buyers at $17.5 mln. Kamsramax Trans Africa (81k blt 2017 Hudong) was sold at $31 mln. Panamax MG Sakura (75k blt 2006 Universal – BWTS fitted) was sold at $18 mln.
Price is in line with Canea (75k blt 2007 Universal – no BWTS fitted) that was reported sold last week at $17.7 mln. Three were the ultramaxes reported sold during this week: Nord Hudson (61k blt 2014 Nacks – BWTS and scrubber fitted) that was purchased by Israeli buyers at $23.8 mln and Calico Jack (61k blt 2015 I-S) together with Phoenix Rising (60k blt 2015 Mistui) sold to Greek buyers at $55 mln en bloc including index linked TC attached. Supramax Genco Provence (55k blt 2004 Nantong- BWTS fitted) was sold at $13.2 mln to undisclosed buyers. Handy Great Reward (32k blt 2011 Guangzhou Huangpu – BWTS fitted) was sold to Chinese buyers at $13.2 mln. the sale’s price is in line with the one reported last week for MS Charm (32k blt 2010 Zhejiang Hongxin – BWTS fitted) sold at $12.5 mln”. In the wet segment, the shipbroker added that “in the tanker sector, the sales were few but the sale of the VLCC Tsuruga (309k blt 2009 Imabari) to Greek buyers for $38.8 mln was noteworthy. Moreover aframax Astro Saturn (105k blt 2003 Daewoo – BWTS fitted) was sold to undisclosed buyers at $12.5 mln. LR2 Super Lotus (70k blt 2004 Universal) was sold at $13 mln to Turkish buyers. MR2 Grand Ace2 (46k blt 2006 STX – BWTS fitted) was sold to Aerio Shipmanagement at 9.35 mln”, Banchero Costa concluded.
Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide