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Weekly Broker: Capes top interest

With capes trading in excess of $30,000 a day all week, there’s been a corresponding uptick in interest to acquire big bulker tonnage.

Advanced Shipping and Trading, Allied Shipbroking and Lorentzen & Stemoco all reported that German owner Zeaborn sold its 2010-built 179,600 dwt capesize bulker ER America. The Romanian-built vessel was acquired by Greek buyers for $20.5m, with VesselsValue data showing Tsakos Shipping as the buyer.

Allied Shipbroking, Lorentzen & Stemoco and Banchero Costa all reported the sale of the 2011-built 34,100 dwt handy bulker Capetan Costis. Greek owner Super Eco Bulkers sold the South Korean-built vessel to compatriot owner Kouros Maritime for $8.25m.

Several shipbroking houses reported that the 2015-built 82,000 dwt kamsarmax bulker Precious Sky was sold by Japanese owner MC Shipping to Greek buyers while Lorentzen & Stemoco identified the buyer as John Kalogirators-controlled Primerose Shipping. The vessel has fetched a price of $21.25m.

The tanker S&P market saw moderate activities this week with deals mostly focused on larger vessels.

Intermodal reported that AET Tankers sold its 2006-built VLCC Bunga Kasturi Tiga to Indonesian energy firm Pertamina for $31m.

More than six shipbroking houses listed the sale of the 2011-built 305,000 dwt VLCC Tokitsu Maru. Japanese owner NYK sold the crude tanker to Greek buyers for $45m.

Both Intermodal and Lorentzen & Stemoco reported that Japanese owner Eifuku Kaiun sold its 2008-built 19,800 dwt chemical tanker Pacific Sapphire to Dutch owner Ace Tankers. The Japanese-built vessel went for $11.8m.

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Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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