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Union Maritime exits supramax sector

Brokers tell Splash British owner Union Maritime has committed its supramax Frognal Play for around $10m, giving it a tidy $2m profit in just 18 months.

In April 2017 the outfit paid $8m for the Tsuneishi Cebu-built, 52,000 dwt Topflight and named the thirteen-year-old ship Frognal Play. This is the second supramax sold this year. The first ship, sold this spring, was the 58,000 dwt Albion (built 2008) which fetched just under $14 m from Thoresen Thai. It had originally paid just under $9m for the ship.

With this latest sale, Union Maritime is exiting the supramax sector. It has just one bulker left, the 76,000 dwt panamax, Harrow.

Union Maritime has made headlines as an active player in the tanker segment and is listed adding five MR tankers in 2017, and so far in 2018 it has added five vintage aframaxes.

Union Maritime was founded in 2006 by its managing director Laurent Cadji and is one of the fastest growing UK-based tanker players.

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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