Ebe continues aggressive hunt for modern bulkers

Ebe continues aggressive hunt for modern bulkers

Antwerp-headquartered Ebe, led by Basile Aloy, has recently taken over 2016-built 61,000 dwt bulker Aquaprima from low key Monaco-based outfit Carras.

No price for the deal has been revealed, but the ship has already changed name to La Stella and flagged in Belgium.

Ebe has also been linked to a United Ocean bulker, with brokers suggesting it has snapped up the 2009-built 81,600 dwt United Serenity for $12.35m, a firm price with VesselsValue setting the value of the ship at $12.07m.

At the end of May Splash reported that Ebe had acquired its first cape, the 2012-built Shining Dragon, for $26.5m. The vessel was acquired from another embattled Japanese owner, Daiichi Chuo, and renamed El Grasso.

Ebe has stated it is in the market for high quality dry bulk tonnage, from supramaxes to capesizes, taking advantage of today’s low price environment to build up a fleet fast.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.

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