Greater ChinaTankers

Rui Hai reenters shipowning

Broking sources tell Splash Japanese trading house Marubeni has sold tanker the 47,407 dwt MR product tanker Nord Optimiser, built at Onomichi Dockyard, for a price just in excess of $21m.

Brokers say the vessel has seen a lot of interest with around 10 owner representatives making the trip to inspect the ship.

Several brokers report that Hong Kong’s Sea Fortune was behind the purchase, however one informed source says that Rui Hai in Dalian is the real buyer of the ship and the purchase marsk a reentry into shipowning after selling its two vessels. Rui Hai is a subsidiary of one of Dalian’s largest and most diverse conglomerates, Haichang Group.

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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