BRL reports that a flurry of newbuilding orders across all sectors is the best start to the year shipyards have enjoyed for the last four years
In the tanker sector, the latest orders include 10 LNG dual-fuelled VLCC contracts placed at DSME for various owners against long-term charters with Shell.
BRL also reported that Sumitomo has won an order for two Aframax tankers for US$48M each. These are thought to be standard designs, although Sumitomo was awarded approval in principle (AiP) from LR in June 2020 for an Aframax tanker equipped with ‘high-pressure type’ LNG dual-fuel systems. The AiP tanker is equipped with an LNG dual-fuel system and two IMO Type-C large-capacity LNG tanks.
According to VesselsValue, Sumitomo has constructed 104 Aframax tankers that are still in the water, and has nine Aframax tankers on the orderbook. These include three LNG dual-fuel versions for Finnish company Lundqvist Rederierna due for delivery January 2022.
In other news, Japanese shipyard Shin Kurushima has booked two 38,600-dwt products carriers with delivery to an undisclosed account in 2022.
Elsewhere, Enesel of Greece (Lemos Group) is reported to have placed an order for two 114,900-dwt LR2 tankers at Daehan Shipbuilding, South Korea, for an undisclosed price. These will join the two Daehan-built LR2 tankers Sparto and Pantelis, delivered to the Greek operator in 2020.
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