Sanoyas celebrates rare commercial ship order

Sanoyas Shipbuilding of Japan is celebrating its first commercial ship order since 2015. Imabari-based Shunzan Kaiun has given the yard an order for a single 81,000 dwt kamsarmax with brokers Fearnleys indictating a price in the low $30ms. The ship will deliver in 2020.

This week Sanoyas, which tends to focus on mid-sized bulker and tanker ships in the commercial space, unveiled a new 41,000 dwt handysize bulker, pushing the envelope in terms of size for this segment with a wide body and shallow draft.

Founded in 1972, Japanese owner Shunzan Kaiun has developed into a big player, tending to charter its ships long term to the country’s major owners. Its fleet today, according to VesselsValue, consists of 30 bulkers and three boxships approaching 3m dwt in total size.

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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