Hongqiang scoops six

China's Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard has announced a deal for up to six new ultramaxes.

The 64,000-dwt ships have been ordered by a "famous" but unnamed European owner.

The contract is for three firm vessels, plus three options.

Delivery of the first ship is in October 2015.

They will be SDARI-designed Green Dolphin-type bulkers, with low energy consumption, the yard said.