Nissen Kaiun contracts four boxships at Shikoku Shipyard

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.

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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