H Schepers reportedly sells last boxship

Multiple shipbroking reports suggest the 2,546 teu Maria-Katharina S has been sold, which would mark the end of another famous name in German boxship owning.

The 2010-built ship has been sold to UK interests, with Tufton Oceanic being tipped as the likely buyer, for a bargain $8.5m.

The vessel is the last one owned by H. Schepers, a big name of the KG heyday of German shipping. Top management at the Elsfleth-headquartered have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier today.

The ship is currently on charter to Maersk and is of the popular YZJ 2500 design, built by China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

In March this year, Splash reported H. Schepers had sold its second to last ship, the 2,447 teu Helene S to Indonesia’s Tanto Intim Line for $10m.

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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