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Supramax sales soar

It’s boiling hot in the supramax segment in the second week of October and a handful of prominent Greek owners have been bidding for ships.

One interesting ship that several owners have showed interest in  this week is the 55,900 dwt Ivy Unicorn (built 2011). This ship is owned by Ivy Shipping, a vehicle created by Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and two investors last year. The ship was put up for sale some months back. Sources tell Splash that the bulker has just been committed for $15.75 m.

Supramax specialist Mario Stafilopatis and his outfit Byzantine Maritime is tipped as the possible buyer. Another buyer tied to this deal is AM Nomikos. Both owners have stayed quiet in the supramax segment for years despite significant presence in the sector. VesselsValue lists AM Nomikos with 23 supramaxes, while Byzantine Maritime has 12 supramaxes.

Other deals in the same sector involve the 55,600 dwt Indigo Evolution. This ship has been committed off market through Japanese trading house Itochu for $15.5 m.

The third ship Splash is aware committed this week is the 2007-built 56,000 dwt Triton Seagull which has gone to Greek ownership. Active buyer Diligent, who has added two supramaxes so far this year, is tipped as the buyer with a price of $13m reported.

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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