Greek Opportunists on Iron-ore Carrier Buying Spree

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Iron Ore Carrier: Photo courtesy of MOL

Greek shipowners order construction of  iron-ore carriers in the belief that the 5-year charter-rate slump is coming to an end.

The companies ordered 12 Capesizes last quarter, the most since the beginning of 2008, according to data from Golden Destiny SA, a shipbroker in Piraeus, Greece, cited by 'Ekathimerini'.

Ship prices plunged to the lowest in almost a decade in 2012 and charter rates tumbled 99 percent since 2008. Construction costs are now so low that owners will probably order $250 billion of new vessels by 2016, according to Pareto Shipping AS, an Oslo-based research company cited by the same news source.

Source: Ekathimerini

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