Brokers are reporting interest has continued to increase in the 13,000 dwt coated chemical tanker sector. Thai stock-listed Ama Marine has picked up the nine-year-old Loyal Pegasus from South Korea’s NHL-D. While no price has been disclosed, Clarkson Research estimates the ship would have cost around $11m.
“This represents a further reduction in benchmark values for secondhand tonnage in this sector. We are also aware of several other similar deals that are close to being concluded at slightly lower prices to last done,” Clarkson Research noted in its most recent weekly report.
Elsewhere, the 9,995 dwt Chassiron chemical tanker has been sold to undisclosed buyers.
“Buying interest is still being severely hampered due to the lack of viable longer term employment opportunities. However, the recent uptick in rates will start to slowly alleviate these obstacles as we progress through the year,” Clarkson Research reported.