Murmansk Shipping makes first fleet additions in a decade

Murmansk Shipping Company (MSC), the Russian Arctic specialist, is making its first fleet additions in a decade. It has revealed it has recently bought a 2010-built Chinese general cargo ship, which has just been renamed Vsevolod Beletsky and has outlined plans to order three new 30,000 dwt bulkers before the end of this year as part of a fleet rejuvenation process.

The Russian line, founded in 1939, has a fleet of 27 ships equating to 541,000 dwt. The breakdown of the fleet includes 15 bulkers, a passenger ship, five tankers and an icebreaker.

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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