Belgium’s Cobelfret continues its rapid fleet build up in 2017 with brokers reporting it has placed a rare bulker order in Japan. Cobelfret has tapped Oshima Shipbuilding, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest bulker builders, to build two 98,000 dwt post-panamaxes. The ships will deliver in 2019. No price has been disclosed.
Earlier this year Cobelfret paid Oldendorff $19m for another post-panamax bulker while a roro subsidiary ordered two 8,000 unit roros at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard at the start of February.