Berge Bulk of Singapore is linked by Greek broking sources as returning to Bohai Shipbuilding for two firm newcastlemaxes. The order comes with options for two more to be built at the northern Chinese yard. A price of $45m per unit has been reported for the 208,000 dwt ships. The tier II bulkers will deliver in 2020 and 2021.
Berge Bulk officials contacted by Splash today have yet to confirm the order. With 53 ships totalling 10.6m dwt in the water, Berge Bulk is among the largest dry bulk owners in Southeast Asia.
Separately, Splash understands Bohai has won another newcastlemax order from a Chinese owner. The Rui Gang Lian Group, one of China’s largest iron ore traders and importers, has via its subsidiary, RGL Shipping in Singapore, placed a $45m order for a 208,000 dwt bulker due for delivery in 2021. RGL Shipping currently owns a fleet of 10 bulkers.