Bangladesh’s HR Lines has “paused” its newbuilding plans and turned to the secondhand market for tonnage.

The Karnaphuli Group subsidiary has bought the CSBC-built 1,068-teu Maersk Arun (built 1999) from AP Moller-Maersk and the Imabari-built 1,628-teu SITC Bangkok (built 2003) from SITC International.

Karnaphuli managing director Hamdan Hossain Chowdhury said HR Line has taken delivery of the Maersk Arun and renamed it HR Turag.