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Weekly Broker: Soaring bulk fortunes spark record sales week

As the sentiment in the dry bulk market continues to strengthen, the investors’ confidence in secondhand tonnage has been greatly boosted in the past few weeks. The Baltic Dry Index surpassed 2,000 points this week, and is now at heights not seen since 2013. London brokers Alibra point out that in the last week we have seen the highest number of sales concluded in the secondhand dry bulk market so far this year with larger sizes dominating sales, while interest across all segments continues to grow.

“On the dry bulk side, a very firm week in terms of volume was due, with the bullish sentiment still holding for the time being. Moreover, it came hardly as a surprise that we witnessed the capesize market coming into action this week, while along with the panamaxes, dominated the overall SnP market these past few days. All-in-all, given the strong signs of recovery from the side earnings, we can expect a very vivid SnP market to hold for the time being,” Allied Shipbroking said.

Lorentzen & Stemoco and Seasure Shipbroking both identified Chinese state run owner Fujian Ocean Shipping as the buyer of the 2004-built 177,000 dwt capesize bulker Lowlands Phoenix from Cobelfret. The Japanese-built vessel has fetched a price of $13.2m.

More than five shipbroking houses reported the sale of the 2004-built 82,500 dwt panamax bulker Red Lotus. The Chinese-built vessel was sold by Japanese owner Santoku Senpaku to Greek owner Spring Marine for a price of $12.3m.

Multiple shipbroking houses including Advanced Shipping & Trading, Allied Shipbroking, Intermodal and Lorentzen & Stemoco all listed the sale of the 2005-built 76,000 dwt panamax bulker Federica Prima. The Japanese-built vessel was sold by Italy’s Augustea Group to Chinese interests for a price of $8.5m.

Clarksons, Allied Shipbroking and Banchero Costa all reported a deal in which Noble Group sold its 2013-built 92,800 dwt post-panamax bulker Ocean Topaz to Chinese buyers for $15m.

“On the tanker side, we also witnessed a gear up in activity, with plenty of units changing hands the last couple of days. In this sector too, we see the bigger size segments (and mostly vintage assets) move things further at his point. Moreover, given the recent trends of the freight market, it is rather difficult to point if this is due to a the current earnings being seen, or rather an opportunistic attitude, with strong optimism being pinned against the current price levels,” Allied Shipbroking said.

Splash has already reported an en bloc deal in which Bob Burke-led Ridgebury Tankers spent $82m for four 2005-built 159,000 dwt suezmax tankers Cape Brindisi, Cape Bari, Cape Bastia and Cape Bonny from German owner Koenig Cie.

Allied Shipbroking and Intermodal both reported that Monaco-based owner Andromeda has acquired two resale aframax newbuildings Daehan 5037 and Daehan 5038 at South Korea’s Daehan Shipbuilding for a total price of $100m. The two vessels were originally ordered by Cypriot owner ClearOcean Tankers, a joint venture between Oceangold Tankers, Mass Capital and Gunvor Group. Delivery of the vessels are scheduled in 2020.

In the meantime, Seasure Shipbroking, Advanced Shipping & Trading and Lorentzen & Stemoco reported Andromeda also sold the 2004-built 40,000 dwt handy tanker Coral Stars to undisclosed buyers for a price of $8.3m.

In the secondhand containership sale and purchase market, Advanced Shipping & Trading reported that Chinese leasing house International Far Eastern Leasing acquired three 8,500 teu post panamax boxships – 2010-built SM New York, 2011-built SM Savannah and 2011-built MSC Savannah from South Korean owner SM Line for an en bloc price of $100m. All the three vessels have been fixed with five-year time charter with Maersk starting from the second quarter of 2020 at a day rate of $19,000.

According to Alphaliner, German owner Reederei Hinsch has recently acquired the 698 teu, 2006-built CFS Pagola from Dutch owner Vroon. The vessel has been renamed Sunway X.

Jason Jiang

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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