Greek shipowner John Angel-icoussis' acquisition of four ICB tankers last week was the highlight of a busier market, Allied Shipbroking
Inc. said in its latest ship sales report.
Angelicoussis paid $189 million in total for the Mindoro (1995-built, 300,294-deadweight tons), the Irian (1992, 286,006-dwt), the Ambon (1992, 285,771-dwt) and the Flores (1995, 284,410-dwt).
Aegean Marine Petroleum
, also of Greece, paid $2.5 million to buy the 1976 Norwegian-built tanker Maersk Ascension (60,810-dwt).
Italian buyers also picked up two tankers last week.
Gemarfin paid $8.75 million for the 1982 Japanese-built Meandros (40,632-dwt) while unknown Italian buyers paid $480,000 at an auction in the U.S. for the 1977 Italian-constructed Campo Duran
Other tankers sold last week were the 1993 South Korean-built Nathalie SIF (9,176-dwt) by Ramona of Sweden for $14 million and the 1970 British-constructed Stella Orion (5,093-dwt) taken by unknown buyers at an auction for $290,000.
Two gas tankers were also sold last week, according to the Greek broker.
Olympi of Chile purchased the 1968 French-built Mundogas Europe for $4 million including three years time charter at $9,000 a day, and MC Shipping based in Monaco bought the 1990 Japanese-built Leo Gas (4,316-dwt) for $4.8 million.
Greek shipowners also bought heavily last week into bulk carriers, acquiring four of the six vessels sold
Thenamaris paid $14.3 million for the 1996 Taiwainese-built Arctic Navigator (41,712-dwt) while unknown Greek buyers paid $6 million for the 1982-built Multi-Purpose 2 (41,520-dwt).
Unidentified Greek buyers also picked up the Japanese-built bulk carriers Haight (1977, 26,780-dwt) for $1.75 million and the Danang Glory (1981, 24,885-dwt) for $3.5 million.
Two other bulk carriers were also sold - the European Trader (1994, 43,656-dwt) bought by Far Eastern for $15.5 million and the Asturias (1984, 25,357-dwt) by unknown buyers for $5 million.
Seventeen ships were sold for demolition including five tankers, led by the 1974 Japanese-built TN Africa (274,597-dwt).