Salam Pacific Lines from Indonesia is snapping up its first supramax.
The purchase marks a new era for the owner, which has previously focused on smaller containerships and multipurpose vessels acting for its inter-island trade.
Snapping up the Nisshin owned, Western Singapore for a price of US$4.7m, is a significant move outside its niche trading area.
Shipping power house Oldendorff, one of few German owners active in the secondhand market this year, is said to be helping compatriot owner NSC Schiffahrt to offload four bulkers. Sources said that Oldendorff is transferring US$38m en block for four bulkers built at two different Chinese yards, Yangfan and Taizhou Catic.
The sale marks a change in focus for the diversified German owner NSC Schiffahrt which is nearing a dry bulk market exit if the sales of the 93,000dwt Tana Sea and Tonda Sea both built five years and, and the one year younger Tonic Sea, and her sister Tango Sea are finalised.
Tufton Oceanic has reportedly bought two handysize bulk carriers, which are the fifth and sixth vessels to be acquired by the London-based fund in the past two weeks.
Brokers report that Tufton has bought Steven C (35,000 dwt, built 2009) and Lisa J (34,400 dwt, built 2010) from Apex Bulk Carriers for US$9.4m and US$10.1m respectively.
Earlier this week, Tufton reportedly bought two ultramaxes from Jinhui Shipping for US$28.5m en bloc.
The fund has also this week purchased a small chemical parcel tanker, Diamond Orchid (19,700 dwt, built 2008), for US$20.5m from NS United Kaiun Kaisha, according to brokers.
This follows another small chemical tanker that was reported bought by Tufton on Aug. 31. Princimar Americas (19,700 dwt, built 2004) was acquired for US$18.5m from Principal Maritime of the US.
All the vessels acquired were built in Japan apart from the handys, which were built at SPP in South Korea.
German shipping company NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft has sold four of its Post Panamax dry bulk carriers to an undisclosed European buyer, showed data provided by VesselsValue.
The vessels in question are the 92,500dwt Tana Sea and Tonda Sea, and the 93,000dwt Tango Sea and Tonic Sea.
The bulkers were sold for a price of US$9.5m each on Sept. 9.
Built in 2011 and 2012 at various Chinese shipyards, the ships feature a length of around 230 meters and a width of 38 meters.
Italian shipping company Globeco is in the process of selling a handysize bulk carrier currently under construction at Avic Weihai, currently set for delivery before the end of 2016 after the original delivery had been postponed from July 2015.
Brokers report that the newbuilding has already been renamed Don Mariano, and sold to undisclosed buyers for US$14.5m. However, Globeco chairman Mariano Pane confirmed that "negotiations with a third party are currently underway" but also emphasized the fact that "no deals have been closed yet".
The Rome-based shipping company ordered the ship in 2013 for US$19-20m, while today the vessel is valued at approximately US$15m. This investment in the dry bulk business was a diversification from Globeco’s core business operating ecological and offshore vessels.
Oslo-listed Jinhui Shipping has entered into an agreement with Greek company Gelico Shipping to sell handymax bulker Jin Bi for US$3.5m.
The Hong Kong-registered vessel will be delivered between Sept. 20 and Oct. 26.
Jinhui Shipping said that the directors continuously review market conditions and adjust the group's fleet profile, and believe that the disposal will enable the group to enhance it working capital position and strengthen its liquidity.
Jinhui Shipping reported a net loss of US$39.14m for the first half of 2016.
Denmark-based shipowner Celsius Shipping has purchased two 57,000dwt Supramax bulk carriers from German shipping company Conti Group KG for US$8m each, showed data provided by VesselsValue.
The vessels are the Conti Flint and the Conti Fuchsit, both built in 2012 at Chinese shipyard COSCO Guangdong.
According to VesselsValue data, the market value of each ship stands at US$11.5m.
Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has received a newbuilding resale Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier Jag Akshay.
Featuring 82,044 dwt, the vessel was built by China-based Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.
The company had contracted to buy the ship in April 2016, according to GE Shipping.
The 44,000 gross ton bulker has a length of 229 meters and a width of 32 meters. It has a capacity of 97,000 m3.
Including Jag Akshay, the company's current fleet stands at 37 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 13 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 8.93 years, featuring a total of over 2.8 million dwt.
GE Shipping has two more 82,000dwt bulkers under construction at the same yard. Both ships are scheduled to join the company during 2016.
One of the year's most aggressive capesize buyers is back in the market after a summer break.
China-based Winning has taken its seventh cape in seven months, according to sources. The Singapore-headquartered firm started beefing up its fleet in February.
The active bauxite shipper has paid US$10.4m for the Japanese-built newcastlemax Shin Heiryu. The 13-year-old ship was owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK).
The purchase is Winning's first reported move in the S&P market since the end of May.
Winning has had a preference for Japanese-built capes, and this will be the fifth Japanese cape it has bagged this year.
BW Dry Cargo is being linked with another kamsarmax buy. The dry bulk unit was created by BW Group this April to focus on bulkers ranging in size from 50,000 dwt to 85,000 dwt.
Sources said that BW Dry Cargo has paid Mitsubishi Corporation US$14m for 81,500dwt Mighty Sky. The bulker was built in Japan six years ago.
Japanese dry bulk tonnage has been in huge demand this year, with any ship coming on the market generally receiving a double digit number of inspections from owners around the world.
Suggesting the deal was done, Christian Bonfils, CEO of BW Dry Cargo, would not be drawn on prices, said "I can't comment on prices, but confirm that we have bought five vessels."