Swiss-headquartered container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) continues to aggressively add secondhand tonnage to its fleet, this week being linked to two more deals by brokers.
MSC has snapped up 2000-built 1,730 TEU feeder boxship Amanda D, acquired from Peter Dohle Schiffahrts for an undisclosed price. The vessel has been renamed MSC Panaya, and like many of MSC’s recent purchases was previously on charter to the line.
Both Advanced Shipping & Trading and Clarksons have also reported that MSC has acquired the 2006-built 5,642 TEU post-Panamax boxship Granville Bridge from Japan’s Doun Kisen. Again, the price was not disclosed. The vessel is a sister ship of the Grenville Bridge, also recently reported as sold by the Japanese company to MSC for $14m.
CDB Financial Leasing, the leasing unit of China Development Bank, has announced the acquisition of six 60,000 DWT Ultramax bulk carriers from German owner Oldendorff Carrier for a total price of $137.1m.
The acquisition is part of a financial leasing arrangement which will see CDB Financial Leasing chartering the ships back to Oldendorff in operating lease mode.
Oldendorff Carriers currently owns a fleet of 176 bulk carriers and has another 524 chartered ships.
Emanuele Lauro-led Scorpio Bulkers has announced the sale of another five Kamsarmax bulkers and has now sold a total of 13 bulkers since announcing its move into the offshore wind sector in August.
Scorpio has agreed on deals with two parties for the 2017-built Kamsarmaxes SBI Parapara, SBI Jive, SBI Swing and SBI Mazurka and the 2016-built Kamsarmax SBI Reggae.
Scorpio will pocket $101.5m from the sales, with deliveries expected to take place in the first half of 2021.
Swiss-headquartered container line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), continues to grow its owned fleet having recently completed the acquisition of a Sub-Panamax containership from Greek owner Euroseas.
MSC has bought the 2,000-built 2,506 TEU ship EM Athens, paying $5m according to Seasure Shipbroking. The ship, which is valued by VesselsValue at $4.55m, was previously on charter to MSC at a rate of $9,250 per day.
MSC has renamed the vessel, MSC Malena.
Over the past few weeks, MSC has been extremely active in adding secondhand tonnage to its fleet, most of which was previously on charter to the line.
ADNOC Logistics & Services has announced the acquisition of an Ultramax bulk carrier, following the acquisition of two Ultramax bulkers earlier this year.
The 2019-built 64,000 DWT vessel has been renamed Al Karama. We understand the vessel is Isabella Manx, acquired from MX Bulk Management. The price of the ship in the deal is $25.8m, significantly higher than VesselsValue’s valuation of $21.7m.
The vessel will immediately be deployed on ADNOC’s key trading routes, including the transport of sulfur from facilities in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, to global customers.
Indian owner Seven Islands Shipping has acquired its second Suezmax tanker in as many months according to broking reports.
UK owner Tufton Oceanic announced the sale on Monday of its only Suezmax, the 2005-built 159,000 DWT Suezmax Bonny. Multiple shipbroking houses, including Intermodal, Lorentzen & Stemoco and Seasure Shipbroking have identified Seven Islands as the buyer of the vessel.
If confirmed, this is the second Suezmax tanker Seven Islands has acquired recently with the company adding the 2005-built Bastia from Euronav in late September.
Seven Islands Shipping currently owns a fleet of 19 tankers.
Diamantis Diamantides’ Delta Tankers has moved to grow its fleet according to brokers, with the acquisition of a VLCC worth $71m-$72m.
Both Advanced Shipping & Trading and Seasure Shipbroking are reporting that Delta has acquired the 2018-built (Hanjin Subic) VLCC Trf Horten. The vessel, worth $72.9m according to VesselsValue, was sold by private equity fund Transportation Recovery Fund (TRF).
If confirmed, the vessel will grow Delta’s fleet to 31 tankers, including six VLCCs.
Nasdaq-listed owner Grindrod Shipping Holdings has announced that a joint venture in which the company holds a 51% share has sold 2009-built handysize bulker IVS Triview for $7.85m.
The vessel has been delivered to its new owners, which VesselsValue shows as Greece’s Lidmar Shipping and Trading. The low-key owner, which now has a fleet of three handysize bulkers, has renamed the vessel Pnoi.
Singapore-headquartered Grindrod says the sale of the vessel will result in the winding up of the joint venture and it no longer has any owned vessels in unconsolidated joint ventures.
Ravenna-based Mediterranea di Navigazione has sold the 2012-built gas carrier Excalibur to Dutch gas shipping specialist Anthony Veder for $11m with delivery scheduled for early next month.
The deal was confirmed by Paolo Cagnoni, head of the Italian company, and is part of a wider plan aimed at restructuring the overall financial exposure of the chemical, gas and tankers specialist which exceeds €120m ($140m).
Once the Excalibur is delivered, the Ravenna-based company will be left with nine vessels: bitumen tanker Black Shark, the ethylene carrier King Arthur, and small tankers Normanna, Ottomana, Saracena, Barbarica, Cosmo, Sveva and Shogun.
Swiss-headquartered container line MSC is set to increase its owned fleet by six according to broking reports.
Clarksons, Allied and data firm VesselsValue are all reporting that MSC has bought six post-Panamax boxships from Germany’s Zeaborn in an en bloc deal worth around $158m.
The vessels are the Hyundai Samho-built (2006) 8,200 teu ER Tianping, ER Tianshan, ER Tokyo and ER Texas along with the Hyundai Ulsan-built (2004) 7,849 teu pair ER Vancouver and ER Yokohama.
All of the vessels, except ER Tianping, are already on charter to MSC according to Alphaliner.