China Shipping Expands Tanker Fleet

Tuesday, May 30, 2000
China Shipping Development Co. Ltd. has entered into a series of ship chartering agreements worth $12.2 million with associates of its parent company China Shipping (Group) Co.

On May 26, China Shipping Development entered into a bareboat charter agreement with Shanghai Shipping Industrial Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Shipping (Group), which agreed to lease to the company three oil tankers for one year, the company said.

It also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping (Hong Kong) Marine Co. Ltd., also a wholly owned subsidiary of its China Shipping (Group), to charter six dry bulk cargo vessels to China Shipping Marine for one year.

The company also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of the parent company and associate of the listed company, to lease a dry bulk cargo vessel to China Shipping Container Lines for one year.

The company intends to improve the efficiency of its oil transportation business, which is currently one of the company's major business sectors, it said.

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