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Ed Buttery takes Lauritzen handies

Lauritzen Bulkers has sold the box-shaped handysize sister vessels Emma Bulker and Louise Bulker. The nine-year-old, 31,900 dwt ships – built in Japan – have been taken by Ed Buttery’s fast-growing Taylor Maritime in Hong Kong with Clarkson Research reporting a price of $9.5m per unit.

The vessels were sold on an en bloc basis and are both Mewis Duct fitted and have CO2 fitted holds.

The latest Lauritzen pair takes Taylor Maritime’s fleet close to 30 ships. The company was founded six years ago and has to date focused on buying Japanese-built handies.

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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