HR Lines in for up to six Mawei boxships

Karnaphuli Group of Bangladesh, the parent company of the Dhaka-based regional carrier HR Lines, has signed for four firm 2,900 teu boxship orders at China’s Fujian Mawei Shipyard. Brokers report the order comses with options for two more ships.

The vessels will start to deliver in September 2023 and are costing $38m each.

HR Lines’s fleet currently numbers six vintage 1,550 teu ships, all bought from Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL). The company operates two liner services, one to Singapore and Port Klang, and the other to Sri Lanka.

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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