Japan Ship Operator to Slash Bulk Ship Newbuild Orders
Daiichi Chuo K.K. may cancel ship orders, pare its fleet & sell new stock after getting emergency financing from shareholder Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.
To help weather a slump in dry-bulk rates the company is in talks about canceling or delaying 10 of 60 on-order dry-bulk vessels as it heads toward a second straight annual loss, reports Bloomberg.
The report adds that Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K., Japan's largest shipping lines, have also cut earnings forecasts as the industry contends with expanding capacity, slowing demand and higher fuel prices.