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Fred Cheng linked with two more capes

Fred Cheng has been busy adding more capes to his company Shinyo International, doubling the size of his fleet this month to a total of four ships.

Brokers report he beat out more than 10 other interested parties for the Mitsui-built NSS Endeavor, which was put up for sale by Japan’s NS United. Cheng is thought to have paid around $14m for the 2002-built ship.

Cheng has also been linked as the buyer of the 177,000 dwt North Trader, paying Sinokor Merchant Marine $17.2m for the 11-year-old ship.

Cheng declined to comment on the deals when contacted repeatedly by Splash this week.

In an interview with Splash in March, Fred Cheng said he was focused on building up a capesize fleet although he admitted that cape prices were on the rise. “It’s much too late to catch the bottom, but there is still some upside left,” Cheng said.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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