Ship owners gearing up for more newbuilding orders ahead of international exhibition
With the latest Posidonia Exhibition just around the corner, as the event is bound to open its gates at the start of next week, it seems that many ship owners, at least from Hellas, are looking to meet with Asian shipyards and their executives, which will be in Athens next week, in order to finalize a series of new deals.
28 May 2014 - 06:14
According to the latest weekly reports from shipbroker Clarkson Hellas, over the past week, there was just one order to report in the dry bulk segment. "Santoku Senpaku are understood to have declared two further options for 81,500 DWT Kamsarmax at Tsuneishi Zhoushan, taking the total series to five firm vessels. Delivery of the latest orders is planned for the later part of 2016 and into early 2017. No orders to report this week in tankers, however in gas Knutsen (in a 50/50 joint venture with NYK) have contracted two firm 176,000 CBM LNG carriers at HHI. Both are understood to be for charter to Gas Natural Fenosa when delivered in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, West Africa LPG have ordered a single 38,000 CBM LPG carrier at HMD, with delivery in the later part of 2016. In other sectors, Anji Automotive Logistics have declared an option for a second 2,000 CEU PCC at Jinling, due to deliver within 2016. Lastly, Fincantieri have announced an order for two firm plus one option 154,000 GT Cruise Ships for MSC Crociere. The firm vessels are due to deliver in later 2017 and early 2018, and option also in 2018 if declared", Clarkson Hellas said.
In its previous week's report it had noted that there was nothing to report in bulkers and tankers, while "there is one order to report in gas, with Odfjell Gas Carriers declaring their options for four 22,000 CBM LPG/Ethylene Carriers at Sinopacific Offshore for deliveries in 2016 and 2017. These are the options from four 17,000 CBM LPG/Ethylene Carriers which were contracted last year for deliveries throughout 2015 and 2016. In containers, clients of Schulte Group are understood to have increased their series of 2,350 TEU Containers at Zhejiang Yangfan to sixteen vessels by declaring four options. Delivery of the optional vessels is planned within 2016. Although the contracts were signed last week, it has come to light this week that Nordic Hamburg Shipping have ordered two firm plus two option 1,400 TEU Containers at Yangzhou Gouyu shipyard in China. The vessels including the options are due for delivery in 2016 and will be equipped with dual fuel LNG propulsion systems. Additionally, Hyundai Heavy Industries have received an order for firm four 7,400
CEU PCTCs from its compatriot shipping company Hyundai Glovis. These vessels will be delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan yard during 2015 and 2016.
In other sectors, Royal Caribbean have announced an option declared for a single 225,282 GT Cruise Ship at STX France, due to deliver in July 2018. This will be the 2nd vessel in series. Also, it is understood that Atomflot FSUE, the shipping arm of ROSATOM, have contracted two 30,000 GT Icebreakers with Baltic Shipyard in Russia. These are the 2nd and 3rd vessels in the series and are planned to be delivered in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Finally, LaNaval Shipyard in Spain have received an order for one 15,000 GT Passenger / Car Ferry from Dutch owner Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO). The ferry will be named ‘Texelstroom’ and will be able to transport up to 1,750 persons and 350 vehicles and will be delivered in 2016 from Sestao", Clarkson Hellas said.
In a separate report, shipbroker Golden Destiny had noted that "Hellenic shipping players follow the overall investment strategy towards the construction of newbuilding vessels and emerge very aggressive during the first four months of 2013 by placing 148 new orders, from 56 in a similar period last year (up by 164% year-on-year, in terms of new orders and up by 186% in terms of deadweight). The invested capital of Greek owners in the secondhand market has increased to region $5,6bn from $2,3bn last year and they hold, during the year to date ,14% share of the total number of new orders reported".
Meanwhile, according to the Union of Greek Shipowners' latest annual review, by the end of December 2013, newbuilding orders by Greek interests amounted to 371 vessels (over 1,000 gt), representing 32.60 million dwt. Of these vessels, 149 were tankers corresponding to 18 .32% of world tonnage (dwt), including 58 LNG / LPG tankers amounting to 25.94% of world tonnage (dwt) and 51 products tankers corresponding to 14.24% of world tonnage (dwt), 169 bulkers corresponding to 15% of world tonnage (dwt) on order in each type, 48 containerships corresponding to 7.08% of world tonnage (dwt) and 5 other vessels. The orderbook of Greek shipping in 2013 continues to indicate a diversification to specialised ships like LNG / LPG vessels, containerships as well as products tankers.The age profile of the Greek flag fleet in 2013 was 11 .5 years – over 50% of the fleet being younger than 10 years old – and of the Greek owned fleet 9.9 years, whilst the average age of the world fleet was 12.4 years.
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