Greece’s Maran Dry Management is said to have joined the growing league of shipping companies that own large dual-fuelled bulk carriers, after taking over control of two LNG dual-fuelled newbuildings that are under construction in China.

Shipping sources said the 190,000-dwt ships being built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) were part of a series of six capesizes that were originally contracted by mining giant Anglo American in 2020.

The mining company ordered the sextet as part of a move to reduce its carbon footprint at a time when the shipbuilding industry was under pressure from a poor shipping market and the Covid-19 pandemic.