Oriental Shipping & Investment in for two VLCCs

A low key Korean line is making a strong foray into VLCCs. Hong Kong-based Oriental Shipping & Investment has ordered two 300,000 dwt tankers at Hyundai Heavy Industries for delivery in 2017. No price has been revealed.

Earlier this year Oriental Shipping & Investment bought the Olympic Hawk, a 15-year-old VLCC, now renamed N. Topaz. The ship went to Korean managers Syncro Shipping. Oriental Shipping & Investment also has another older VLCC on a ten-year charter from Korea Ship Finance, which is also managed by Syncro.

Little is known about Oriental Shipping & Investment. Founded in 2003, it has always operated out of Hong Kong. Hwan Kim is listed as the line’s sole director. The line declined to comment on the tanker acquisitions when contacted by Splash today.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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