US-listed Costamare posted on Wednesday a record profit for the second quarter and first half of this year, while unveiling further bulker acquisitions.

Boosted by a red-hot containership freight market that helped the company clinch multi-year charter rates at very high levels, Costamare announced nine fresh bulker acquisitions that bring the total tally of its expansion in this sector to 37 ships.

Costamare has primarily invested in handysizes — a bulker type that has performed particularly well in recent months.