Interest picks up for 13,000 dwt coated chemical tankers

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.

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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