Wan Hai is spending some of its triple-digit war chest it recently earmarked for secondhand ship acquisitions.
The Taiwanese containerline has purchased the 2016-built 1,708 teu containership Box Express from Allseas Marine for $40.8m, spending close to $16m more than the Greek owner paid Guangzhou Wenchong for the newbuild.
The deal came several days following the up to $200m investment plan announced in a Taiwan Stock Exchange filing. The intra-Asia specialist also recently confirmed spending $41m on the 2019-built 1,774 teu Filia T, for which UK owner Lomar Shipping almost doubled its money.
Wan Hai has been quite busy this year, adding secondhand boxship tonnage and ordering newbuilds, with orderbook standing at 42 ships. The company is currently the world’s 10th largest liner with 418,929 teu capacity, according to data from Alphaliner. It operates a fleet of 149 ships, of which 86 are owned.