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Tan Binh takes another handy from J. Lauritzen

Very active Vietnamese owner Tan Binh Shipping has snapped up its second handysize bulker from Denmark’s J. Lauritzen. Sources say that this time the company has bought the 28,000 dwt Amine Bulker, built in 2007, for close to $7m.

A company official confirmed to Splash that Tan Binh has just taken a 2007-built vessel, but he could not confirm the name of the ship.

The sale comes only days after Tan Binh took a similar sized but two years older ship, Tenna Bulker, also from J. Lauritzen. Brokers tell Splash J. Lauritzen has also sold the Sophie Bulker, a sister ship of Amine Bulker, to other Vietnamese interests.

Amine Bulker will be Tan Binh’s third handy purchase in the space of a month. In total it has bought seven ships this year.

Privately held Tan Binh tends to focus on the spot trades between Asia and the Middle East.

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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