Maran Tankers has reserved slots at Samsung for four VLCCs at a reported price of US$105M
The Angelicoussis family controlled company Maran Tankers is reported to have reserved four VLCC newbuilding slots at Samsung. The VLCCs have been reported at US$105M each by BRL Weekly Newbuilding.
Only three months ago, two 300,000-dwt VLCCs were ordered by Hyundai Glovis from HSHI for US$179.2M, according to BRL Weekly Newbuilding.
It is estimated that an LNG dual-fuelling system adds US$15M to a VLCC, which suggests the Maran VLCC newbuildings have been specified to be at least LNG-ready, if not LNG dual-fuelled from launch.
Clarkson Research Services (CRS) reports that the four VLCCs on order at Samsung are to be LNG dual-fuel power. CRS also reports that 27% of all vessel-type tonnage on order globally is now LNG fuel capable, comprising 399 ships of 33M gt.
Maran Tankers currently has a fleet of 56 vessels, including 39 VLCCs. Two VLCCs are already on order at Daewoo for delivery in 2021. These were ordered in December 2019 at a reported US$95M each.
Maran Tankers has sold four 2000- and 2001-built VLCCs in as many months for prices ranging from US$19.5M to US$22M. The sales appear to have coincided with the VLCCs fifth special survey.
On the buying side, Maran Tankers purchased three 2009- to 2010-built VLCCs from the Xihe Group in October 2020. All three were built at Shanghai Waigao in China.
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