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Cobelfret places rare Oshima bulker orders

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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