Newbuilding ordering activity was lacklustre last week, as shipyards in China were returning to their normal operations after the week-long holiday. As a result, orders were scarcer, but activity is expected to pick up in the coming weeks, as more and more owners will be looking to finalize deals they’ve been negotiating, especially as the year draws to a close. According to the latest weekly report from shipbroker Golden Destiny, in total there were 34 new vessel orders on the week for an aggregate 1,634,180 tons, with 13 transactions reported at an undisclosed price. The invested capital stood at about $2.6 billion for 21 new orders (5bulkers, 10 tankers, 4 gas tankers, 5 containers and 9 special projects). Newbuilding activity was down 70% week-on-week, but only 6% down year-on-year.
The Piraeus-based shipbroker noted that “the largest volume of newbuilding activity is reported in the tanker and offshore segment, with sharp downward revision in the number of new contracts for bulk carriers. Orders for tankers held 25% share of this week’s ordering activity and special projects 38% share, against 13% share from bulkers. At a similar week in 2012, 36 fresh orders had been reported with the largest volume of newbuilding activity reported in the offshore segment with 15 new orders respectively, with limited business in the bulk carrier/tanker/container (6 new orders for bulkers, 5 for tankers, 1 gas tanker, 3 liners and 4 containers. Compared with previous week’s levels, a large decrease of 88% is recorded in the volume of new orders for bulkers (5 new orders from 41 last week), 76% decline in the volume of gas tankers (4 new orders from 17 last week) and 72% in the container (5 new orders from 18 last week). In the offshore segment, there is a 114% weekly increase with 15 new orders from 7 last week”, Golden Destiny noted.
It added that Chinese yards grasped 41% share of this week’s ordering activity with strong presence in the bulk carrier and offshore segment. South Korean yards won significant chemical tanker business by holding 23.5% of this week’s ordering activity, while Japanese yards won only 4 LPG contracts in the small handy segment from a Bangladeshi owner. Hellenic owners were responsible for 5 new orders, all placed in the bulk carriers segment (1 Ultramax and 4 Capesizes).
In a separate report, Clarkson Hellas noted that “in dry, China Navigation have announced the declaration of another 4 options of the 39,500dwt design at Chengxi Shipyard, which will bring the total number of orders for this design up to 16 vessels. This latest set of options will all deliver in 2016. No pricing has been disclosed, though the earlier options were declared at a price of circa USD 23 Mill. Clients of Grecomar are reported to have placed an order at Taizhou Kouan Shipyard for 1+1 x 64,000dwt Ultramax Newbuildings. Delivery for these is understood to be in the second half of 2015 with pricing in the high USD 25s Mill. The deal itself is understood to have been concluded in September this year. Cardiff Marine are now reported to have signed LOI’s with both SWS and Yangzijiang for 2+2 and 4+2 x 208K newcastlemaxes. These orders are understood to have been agreed at prices of 56.3 Mill and USD 55.5 Mill respectively and will deliver between 2015 and 2016. Finally, Scorpio have announced a raft of new orders including: 2 x 60,200dwt bulkers at Mitsui to deliver in 2Q 2016; 4 x 61,000dwt bulkers at Imabari delivering in 2015; 3 x 64,00dwt options declared at Chengxi delivering in 2016 and finally 2 x 61,00dwt bulkers at NACKs for delivery in 1H 2016. No specific pricing details provided”, Clarkson Hellas said.
It added that “in Tankers, Aurora Tankers (part of the IMC Group) are understood to have concluded 4 x 50,000dwt product tanker sat Dalian all for delivery in 2016. Pricing has not been officially released. Anglo-Atlantic Steamship meanwhile are understood to have ordered 2 option 2 x 50,000dwt IMO 2 chemical tankers at Weihai Samijn with both of the firm vessels due to deliver in 2H 2015. These will be the first vessels of this class the yard will deliver. Finally, Sam Bu Shipping are understood to have placed an order at Korea Yanasae Tonyoung 9ex Samho) for a pair of small 3,500 dwt Chemical tankers. These would be the first orders the yard has taken since their published troubles in 2011″.
Finally, “in other sectors, Petredec are reported to have placed an order for a pair of 11,000cbm LPG vessels at Sasaki Zosen which will deliver in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Although no official pricing released, we believe these vessels have been contracted somewhere in the region of USD 28-29 Mill. Finally, Meyer Werft are understood to have received an order from Genting Honk Kong for one 150,000gt Cruise Ship which is due to be delivered by Oct 2016. The price is of this vessel is understood to sit at circa EUR 707.20 million, Clarkson Hellas concluded.
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