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Xiazhiyuan vessel to be auctioned

Ningbo Maritime Court has announced that it will auction a 27,000 dwt bulk carrier, Xia Zhi Yuan 7, online on January 18.

The vessel was owned by Zhejiang Xiazhiyuan Ship Management, which went bankrupt after its boss, Xia Hanren, fled China to escape from mounting debts in 2015. The company has since been taken over by the court.

The starting price for the vessel is RMB24.3m ($3.5m).

In the meantime, the court also ordered to auction two offshore supply vessels, Haochi 7 and Haochi 9 of Zhejiang Haochi Offshore Engineering, a company controlled by Xia Hanren.

According to a court file, the court has received total debt claim of RMB2.2bn ($316m) from the creditors of the company.

Xiazhiyuan Ship Management owns another semi-submersible vessel, Xia Zhi Yuan 6, which is still on contract. The creditors have agreed to keep the contract status for debt repayment and attracting new investors.

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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