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Greeks dominate ship orders this year

The Greeks have led the charge to order new ships this year, according to analysis out today from online pricing portal, VesselsValue. Owners from the Mediterranean nation account for nearly 30% of all orders placed to date.

VesselsValue Deals database shows that Greek owners have placed 35 orders for new bulkers and tankers since the start of 2017. Globally only 119 orders have been placed.

Top of the Greek list to date has been Chartworld Shipping followed by Enesel and a host of other well known names backed by the likes of George Economou and John Angelicoussis.

Owners from the US and Singapore ranked second and third in newbuild ordering so far this year, according to VesselsValue data.

With private equity choosing recently to eschew ordering new ships in favour of secondhand tonnage, this has led to a hole in Asian yards’ orderbooks and some very cheap deals have since emerged for newbuilds.

“In early 2017 the cash rich Greek community took advantage of this, securing a number of orders at competitive prices,” VesselsValue said in a release today, adding: “As we progress through 2017, yard capacity has reduced but continued buying demand from the private sector remains. This is one of the major factors that has led to the increase in newbuilding prices over the past five months.”

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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