Carlyle Group-backed Interlink Maritime has emerged as the buyer of a handsize, a deal done under the radar some months back, adding the eight-year-old Glory Mercy, renamed Interlink Comity, for just over $9m.
This is the first secondhand purchase done by the shy handysize specialist, who by comparison has a newbuilding history of 25 vessels in the same segment, and has only done one deal as a seller, back in February, selling five ships to Ocean Yield.
The latest ship to join the Interlink Maritime fleet has a story to tell.The vessel used to belong to the Chinese outfit Glory Wealth who went bust a few years ago. Sources tell Splash that the ship was sold by the former boss of the company who still owns some ships under separate companies. Glory Wealth was a major chartering force in China since its founding in 2000.