Lauritzen takes Japanese duo

J Lauritzen has firmed up a contract with Namura Shipbuilding for two handysize newbuildings.
From left: Yuhei Sato, Namura London, Carl Wegeberg, Lauritzen Bulkers, Takashi Chiyo, Namura, Japan, Torben Warsberg, Lauritzen Bulkers.

From left: Yuhei Sato, Namura London, Carl Wegeberg, Lauritzen Bulkers, Takashi Chiyo, Namura, Japan, Torben Warsberg, Lauritzen Bulkers.

Lauritzen formally put pen to paper on a deal for the two 34,000-dwt vessels at a ceremony in Copenhagen yesterday.

Delivery of the newbuildings from Namura’s Hakodate yard is slated for 2017, a statement said.

Peter Borup, president of Lauritzen Bulkers, explained: “The newbuilding contract not only confirms our strategy to maintain and develop our solid position in the handysize segment but also our very strong relations with Namura Shipbuilding and Hakodate Docks.”

Lauritzen has been resurgent in the dry cargo market after breaking a four-year order drought earlier in the year with a deal for four supramax vessels split between Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS) and Imabari Shipbuilding.

The Danish owner today said it now has six wholly-owned and two part-owned vessels in its newbuilding catalogue. A further 16 newbuildings have been secured on long-term charters.

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