Nissen Kaiun has turned its attention away from offloading bulkers to ordering boxships. The giant Japanese owner has ordered four 800 teu vessels at local shipbuilder, Shikoku Shipyard, for prompt delivery next year. No price has been given for the ships, which will each feature 300 reefer plugs.
The Nissen Kaiun fleet today stands at 121 vessels in total, comprised of 63 bulkers, 28 boxships, 20 tankers, one LNG carrier, three VLGCS and six reefers. It has been one of the most active sellers of dry bulk tonnage over the past 18 months.
Last year the Japanese company ordered eight boxships, four 1,900 teu units in China and four 1,800 teu vessels in South Korea.