Dry bulk vessels continued to change hands at pace this week, despite the spot market showing some serious corrections.
Several shipbroking houses reported that Taiwanese owner U-Ming Marine Transport has sold its 2003-built 175,000 dwt capesize bulker Cape Mars. The Taiwanese-built vessel has been sold to mainland China buyers for $10.1m.
Multiple shipbroking houses reported the sale of the 2009-built 78,000 dwt panamax bulker Pantera Rosa. Japanese owner Chiba Shipping sold the vessel to Greek interests for $13.5m.
Banchero Costa, Lorentzen & Stemoco and Anchor Shipbroking all listed the sale of the 2007-built 56,000 dwt supramax bulker Mighty Ocean. Japanese owner Keishin Kaiun sold the vessel to Chinese buyers for $8.2m.
Activity in the tanker S&P market remained limited this week in line with the dire projections for the market during the first half of the year.
Allied Shipbroking and Lorentzen & Stemoco both listed the sale of the 2016-built 50,000 dwt MR tanker Navig8 Topaz. The South Korea-built vessel was sold to Norwegian owner Ocean Yield for $30.7m.
Multiple shipbroking houses reported that Japanese owner Hisafuku Kisen sold its 2010-built 48,000 dewt MR tanker Leopard to Greek owner Spring Marine. The Japanese-built vessel fetched a price of $13.2m.
The containership S&P sector continues to be vibrant this week with charter rates at extraordinary elevated levels.
Braemar ACM Shipbroking reported that a Thailand-based RCL has secured the 2007-built 6,350 teu APL Norway at a price of $31.5m after a bidding war.
“Given the prices being put on ships today, we expect further tonnage to come onto the market but the decision between selling and fixing out on a long-term charter will continue to be a difficult choice for owners to consider,” Braemar said in its latest container report.
According to Braemar, a number of 1,700 teu vessels are currently under discussion.