There has been activity in the VLCC, Product Tanker, Container Ship, LNG Carrier, and Car Carrier newbuild markets.
Orders as reported by Clarkson Hellas are summarised as follows:
China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) are reported to have ordered three plus three 320,000 dwt VLCCs at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding with delivery from end of 2014.
In the products sector, Clients of Metrostar Management have contracted six firm plus four option MR tankers from SPP Shipbuilding in Korea for delivery from end of 2014. These vessels replace a previous order for four 3,600 TEU container vessels originally placed by Metrostar in 2010. Clients of Stena meanwhile are reported to have declared the 7th and 8th options in their series of 50,000 dwt chemical parcel tankers at Guangzhou Shipyard International.
There has been significant activity in the container market led by an order for five option five 14,000 TEU vessels from Seaspan Corporation at Hyundai Heavy Industries. Delivery for the firm vessels is planned for within 2015. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, have signed to build one plus one x gearless 1,000 TEU container ships, with the first vessel set for 1H 2014 delivery for Clients of Nam Sung Shipping.
In other sectors, Evergas have placed an order at Qidong Dajiang Shipbuilding for four 30,000 cbm LNG/Ethylene/LPG vessels for delivery in 2015. Finally, Hoegh Autoliners have reportedly placed an order for three 8,500 unit car carriers with Xiamen Shipbuilding for delivery in 2015.
Source: Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin