Germany-based shipping company Offen Claus-Peter has sold two MR2 chemical/product tankers to an undisclosed buyer, according to information provided by VesselsValue.
The two ships, CPO Japan and CPO Korea, were sold on Feb. 3, 2017, through bank sale for US$18.7m and US$17.3m, respectively.
The 52,000dwt vessels' market values currently stand at US$21.14m and US$19.88m. They were built at South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
The 2010-built CPO Japan and the 2009-built CPO Korea each feature a length of 183 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.
Following a recent period of investments in new tonnage, Barendrecht-based De Poli Tankers is wrapping up the sale of 2005-built chemical tanker Davino D.
Brokers report that this vessel has been sold to CHemship at a price of US$14m.
In October 2013, De Poli Tankers launched a fleet renovation plan consisting of two 19,800dwt chemical tankers ordered at Chinese Xinle Shipyard at Ningbo, which were both delivered in the last couple of years.
Broker records show that Victor Restis's Enterprises Shipping & Trading (EST) has had offloaded two 54,000dwt tankers for US$13.6m each.
The two 2004-built ships are named Energy Pride and Energy Protector. The price obtained for the ships appear firm according to data from online portal VesselsValue.com which sets the market price for the ships at US$600,000 less.
Luxembourg-based short sea specialist Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d'Navigation (CLdN) RoRo SA has ordered an additional two 5,400 lane meter vessels from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), with options for a further four of the same class.
Previously, the company placed orders for four ships, of which the first two 8,000 lane meter vessels will be delivered this year. The RoRo ships will be placed on the Zeebrugge / UK route, which will "facilitate a large expansion of the Rotterdam and Zeebrugge / London service," according to CLdN.
To complement these orders and prepare for expansion, a new 59 Hectare Port facility at Albert II Dock, Zeebrugge will be opened in the second quarter 2017, CLdN said.
The order is part of the company's expansion program which includes up to 12 newbuildings, of which six have been confirmed until now. In March 2016, the firm ordered two RoRo vessels from Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik, with an option for further four.
"These additions, coupled with the massive expansion of our Zeebrugge Port facilities, will allow CLdN to replicate the hub and spoke concept developed in the recently expanded Rotterdam facility. We will, with immediate effect, have our Iberian services, from Rotterdam to Santander and Leixoes, call twice weekly into Zeebrugge also," said a spokesperson from CLdN.
"In addition, we will also direct new builds to serve the Scandinavian corridor, where the present vessels are not optimum for this trade. We will start ramping up for their arrival immediately, in preparation for their deployment during 2018," the spokesperson added.
Hong Kong-based ship owner and operator Wah Kwong Shipping has decided to commit four of its Aframax tanker newbuildings to Navig8 Group’s V8 Pool.
The company's 112,000dwt Unity Venture and Wisdom Venture, currently under construction at Japan's shipyard Sumitomo, are expected to join the pool following delivery in February and May 2017, respectively.
The two newbuildings are in addition to the 115,000dwt Victory Venture and Tenacity Venture, built by Chinese Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, due to deliver ex yard in February and April 2017, according to Navig8 Group.
With a market value in the range from US$37.5m to US$40m, the new tankers feature a length of 237 and 247 meters, respectively, and a width of 44 meters.
Including the new Aframaxes, Navig8's pool counts a total of 20 vessels, built between 2002 and 2017, according to the company's data.
In the Aframax segment, Korean owners Dong-A Tankers are understood to have committed two Aframax resales, Hulls "S811" & "S812" (114,200 dwt, delivery April & July 2017 Hyundai Samho) at US$43.7m a piece to Greek owners Marmaras and Stealth Maritime.
Despite there being a lack of recent sales on the resale front, recent deals done on slightly later Korean berths in the low US$40ms would indicate that these latest deals are a little firmer than one would have expected, a sign that buyers are seeing increasing value in current crude pricing.
Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard is to deliver a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to Yinson Production (West Africa), a subsidiary of Malaysia's integrated offshore production and support services provider Yinson.
The spread-moored FPSO unit was named John Agyekum Kufuor during a christening ceremony held at the shipyard on Feb. 3, 2017.
Purchased by Yinson in 2014, John Agyekum Kufuor was converted from a tanker into an FPSO.
"FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor is our 27th conversion project for Africa, and 125th overall," said Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M.
John Agyekum Kufuor will be chartered by ENI Ghana Exploration & Production Limited (ENI Ghana) to process oil and gas from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block located in offshore Ghana.
The FPSO has a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, with an oil processing capacity of 58,000 barrels per day. It has a design life of 20 years without dry docking and can be moored in an average water depth of 1,000 meters with a total topside weight of almost 15,000 tons.
German container shipping line Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) informed it will begin replacing existing tonnage with reefer newbuildings this year.
The new containerships will be deployed in the company's Europe-Mexico-Caribbean Service (EMCS).
"We are constantly improving our services and have invested around 350 million US dollars in our reefer container fleet in the past three years, making it one of the youngest in the market," said Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd.
The company has four Post Panamax containerships on order. Ordered by Hamburg Süd in 2015, the 3,884teu vessels are under construction at China's Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard, showed data from VesselsValue.
In addition, Hamburg Süd revealed that the new setup of its SAWC service commenced in February 2017, offering a weekly connection between South America West Coast, the Caribbean, and North Europe.
With a total of nine 9,600teu vessels deployed, the SAWC service includes the following ports: Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Puerto Angamos, Valparaiso, Callao, Paita, Guayaquil, Buenaventura, Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), Cartagena, Caucedo.
NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has entered into an agreement to sell Genco Carrier, a 1998-built Handymax vessel.
Featuring 47,180 dwt, the bulk carrier will be sold for US$3.5m, slightly over the ship's market value of US$3.08m.
Genco said that the sale of the 185-meter-long vessel, subject to customary closing conditions in the agreement, is expected to take place following the expiration of the bulker's current time charter between Feb. 10 and March 15, 2017.
Genco Carrier is the last of the ten ships the company had previously identified as candidates to be sold.
The shipping firm expects to realize total net proceeds of US$29.2m from the sale of the ten vessels.
As of Dec. 31, 2016, the company had delivered five of these vessels to their new owners, realizing net proceeds of US$13.6m.
One additional vessel was delivered in January, for which the company realized net proceeds of US$3.1m, while the remaining four vessels are set to be delivered to their new owners by June 30, 2017.
Following the closing of the company's USD 400 million credit facility, "these vessels do not constitute collateral under any of the company's facilities, and the remaining proceeds are therefore not required to be applied towards the repayment of debt under such facilities upon sale," Genco informed.
Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) has added to its fleet Chumerna, a 2012-built bulk carrier bought from Switzerland's ABC Maritime.
The Handysize bulker was acquired for US$8m in November 2016, according to VesselsValue's data.
The 36,900dwt Chumerna, previously known as Adfines South, was built by China's Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding. Featuring a length of 190 meters and a width of 28.5 meters, Chumerna has ice class 1C.
In the next few months, Navibulgar plans to further boost its fleet by adding three ice class 1C vessels, according to the company.