NS United sells first ship of the year

NS United Kaiun Kaisha has made its first reported ship sale in two years, brokers tell Splash. It is a significant move for the Japanese powerhouse, which has kept its fleet of more than 50 ships in tact, while other Japanese owners of similar size have rushed to offload tonnage all year.

The fresh sale from the Tokyo-listed outfit for the 19,702 dwt Diamond Orchid chemical tanker gives it $20m in fresh equity. Tufton Oceanic is linked as the buyer. The UK owner has been scouring much tonnage of late and is also today revealed as the buyer of two Jinhui bulkers.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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