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Huxley’s Mandarin fixes latest newbuild to X-Press Feeders

Hong Kong-based Mandarin Shipping has fixed its latest newbuilding, the 1, 700 teu Mount Gough, to X-Press Feeders for a period of two to five months at $8,150, Alphaliner reports.

The ship is expected to be deployed on intra-Asia routes. The Mount Gough is the third vessel in a series of six ships ordered at China’s Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding in October 2014 by the Tim Huxley-led line. It follows the Mount Butler, delivered in February (and currently on charter to KMTC who has just extended it for three to five months at $8,250), and the Mount Cameron, delivered in June (and currently on charter to Sinokor).

Three more vessels of the same type are yet to be delivered: the Mount Hallowers and Mount Kellet (both due in January 2017) and the Mount Nicholson, due in July 2017. The order initially carried an option for two further vessels which has yet to be exercised.

The Mount Gough and its sisters belong to the CV Neptun 1700 design, which features a fuel efficient profile and Bangkok Max dimensions. Designed with intra-Asia trades in mind, the ships are gearless and fitted with 350 reefer plugs.


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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