Singapore’s Sea Consortium (Seacon) is poised to acquire three wide-beam containerships from German operator Hammonia Reederei.
The 4,834-teu Hammonia Virginia, Hammonia Sapphire and Hammonia America (all built 2014) are reportedly being sold for around $80m enbloc.
The price is in line with the sale of similar vessels one year ago, which was the last time sales were concluded for containerships of this size and with a wider 37-metre beam.
The vessels have lost significant value since Hammonia acquired them in mid-2014 for around $40m each.
That was already nearly $20m less than the newbuilding price of about $60m apiece paid to China’s Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding in 2011 by a trio of Greek owners.
The vessels are fitted with 750 reefer plugs and would be among the biggest in the Seacon fleet.
Largest feeder operator
Seacon, which was contacted for comment, owns 32 ships with capacities ranging from 600 teu to 6,661 teu.
Most of its ships are usually operated by X-Press Feeders, which is the world’s largest feeder operator, with a fleet of 90 containerships.
Last year, it acquired its biggest vessel, the 6,661-teu X-Press Annapurna (ex-NYK Terra, built 2008), and placed orders for a pair of 2,700-teu ships, plus options, at Zhoushan Changhong.
Technical manager Hammonia Reederei was acquired in March by Oslo investment house Ness, Risan & Partners.
Separately, Borealis Maritime is believed to be behind its fourth panamax purchase this year.
It is understood to have taken the 4,249-teu, Chinese-built Balthasar Schulte (built 2012) from the fleet of Reederei Thomas Schulte.
The price is said to be less than $10.9m, with a charter to Maersk Line until 2021.
A ballast water treatment system is understood to have boosted the price.