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Interocean circles Vroon post-panamax bulker

Major European owner Vroon is in the process of selling off one of its last four dry bulk carriers. Splash understands the 2011-built Scotian Express is on subjects to Panama’s Interocean. Brokers indicate the vessel it is likely to fetch a price in the mid-$16ms, a far cry from MSI’s fair market value of $19.6m.

The Scotian Express is one of four post-panamaxes in the Vroon stable, one of Europe’s most diverse fleets. In April this year the Dutch owner reached an in principal agreement with its lenders regarding the terms of its financial restructuring.

Interocean has nine bulkers in its fleet including five post-panamaxes. Interocean was founded at the end of 2015 to invest in a diversified portfolio of shipping assets. Its initial target was to form a fleet of modern bulk carriers. A year after its formation Interocean acquired an existing container feeder service and a product tanker operation in South America.

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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