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Seatrade inks deal in China for four newbuilds

Seatrade, the Dutch reefer specialist, has gone to China for its latest fleet expansion. Clarkson Research Services reports in its latest weekly report that the Groningen-headquartered outfit has signed with Huanghai Shipbuilding for four 1,800 teu ships, which boast high reefer capacities.

The shipowner has managed to secure comparatively early delivery slots for the ships, which will deliver from Q4 2023 through to Q1 2024. No price has been revealed.

Over the last six years Seatrade has transformed its fleet from being the world’s largest conventional reefer operator to one with a far greater focus on containerships.

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.


  1. Technical realism obligues them. In fact, they would love to ban all reefer containerships if they could!

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