South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has bagged an order for a pair of 158,000 dwt coated suezmaxes from (AMPTC), both with a very early delivery date of next year. This order follows on from an original pair ordered in January 2015. AMPTC is thought to be paying $130m for the latest tanker duo.
AMPPTC is a pan-Arab line, founded in 1973, with a fleet including LPG, product and crude carriers.
The early delivery date – just 18 months away is symptomatic of Korean yards failing to get expected offshore, LNG and big boxship orders in the past 18 months, leading to cheaper, early tanker slots, something that worries a number of tanker owners and formed a plank of debate at last week’s Maritime CEO Forum.