April 20th, 2020, Aframax specialist Lundqvist Rederierna has returned to Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan. Brokers report the Finnish owner has ordered another 112,000 DWT Aframax tanker at the yard. The ship will deliver in early 2022. No price has been reported.
Last year the Scandinavian owner sold two of its oldest Aframaxes. European shipping database lists 10 tankers in the current Lundqvist fleet.
At 6 a.m. on April 15, more than 50 engineers and technicians were poised for the launch of No.8 1750 TEU containers on the No.2 slipway by COSCO SHIPPING HEAVY INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
No.5 15,500 DWT RoRo built by Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Company Limited for Danish DFDS completed sea trials at Jinling Wharf in Jiangsu province on April 11.
The next day, No.7 82000DWT bulk carrier for Qingdao Datong international shipping also started its sea trials.
The former is an environmental-friendly RoRo in the new generation. It has a carrying capacity of 6700 meters of lanes and 450 trailer spaces, thus handling goods efficiently and saving energy.
The latter one is seaworthy, carrying a large number of goods under the design standard of CCS. The bulker is 229m in length overall, 32.26m in width and 20.05m in depth.
Island Offshore has secured work for its newly delivered multipurpose vessel Island Victory.
The vessel has just commenced a 60-90 day contract for Ocean Installer at the Johan Castberg and Askeladd fields in the Barent Sea. Equinor is the end customer.
Island Victory was built at Vard Brevik and delivered in February.
On April 3, 2020, the high-speed passenger vessel, “LILLEØRE”, built by Afai Southern Shipyard for Danish shipowners had completed sea trials.
Japanese owner Nisshin Shipping has returned to Chinese yard Nantong Xiangyu Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering for the construction of two 63,500 DWT Ultramax bulkers.
The latest order adds to Nisshin’s existing large order of 28 vessels at Nantong Xiangyu.
The delivery of the latest two vessels is scheduled in June 2021. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.
Nisshin Shipping currently owns a fleet of 73 vessels made up of 49 bulk carriers and 24 tankers, while the company is in the middle of a massive fleet expansion program with a total of 42 newbuildings on orders at Japanese and Chinese yards.
On March 30, 2020, three vessels completed undocking smoothly.
Those vessels are 82000 DWT bulk carrier, 22,000 DWT Cement carrier and Ro-Ro Passenger ship respectively. The first one is 229m in length, 32.26m in width. The design draft is 12.2m and the scantling draft is 14.45m. Then, the largest cement carrier is 159.5m in length and 25.5m in width. The design draft is 9.20m and scantling draft is 9.20m at a minimum speed of 13.35 knots. The last one is 60m in length, 15m in width at a speed of 14 knots.
On March 26, 2020, the green and energy-saving automobile PCC ship, which was built by Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd for SAIC Anji Logistics in the Yangtze River was completed and sailed successfully.
China Merchants Bank Financial Leasing (CMBFL) has placed an order at Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS) for the construction of two Ultramax bulk carriers.
Shipbroking sources reported that the two 61,000 DWT tier 2 vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2021. Other terms of the contract were not disclosed.
VesselsValue data shows CMBFL currently owns a diversified fleet of 116 vessels.
Greek owner Stavros Livanos-led Sun Enterprises has declared options at South Korean yard Deahan Shipbuilding for the construction of two 114,800 DWT Aframax tankers.
According to Shipbroking sources, the option was attached to the company’s order of two firm 114,800 DWT Aframax tankers at the yard in July last year.
The scrubber-fitted vessels are priced at $50m each and deliveries will start from 2021.
Sun Enterprises currently owns a fleet of 15 tankers and has another nine vessels on order including the latest contract.