Socatra in for two plus two MR tankers

French shipowner Socatra, headed by Laurent Bozzoni, seems to be very close to sealing a new order for two plus two MR newbuildings.

According to Allied Shipping Research, the Bordeaux-based company has signed a letter of intent, possibly with leasing finance, with Jinling Shipyard in China for two plus two 50,000 tankers set for delivery from 2019 onwards.

Sources tell Splash that the Bozzoni-controlled company is in final negotiations with South Korean shipbuilder STX for the same order, each vessel priced at $32m each.

As of today Socatra operates a fleet of 13 vessels, of which 11 are tankers and two barges, which are used for transporting Airbus A380 components.

Nicola Capuzzo

Nicola is a highly qualified journalist focused on transport economics, logistics and shipping with broad experience in both online and printed media. Specialties: shipping, ship finance, banking, commodities and port economics. He regularly interviews Europe's top shipowner executives for Maritime CEO magazine.
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