Six geared handysize bulkers are circulating in the sale-and-purchase market by their Cyprus-based owners, Greek brokers have reported this week.
The vessels are the 37,000-dwt Western Aida, Western Boheme and Western Fedora (all built 2012), and the 37,400-dwt Western Carmen, Western Lucrezia and Western Tosca (all built 2013).
The ships have been with the same owners since they were built at South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
However, the identity of the owners is not clear. IHS Markit lists Western Maritime, a Cyprus-based outfit without contact details, as their registered owner, and all six ships fly the Cypriot flag.
The vessels are commercially managed by Maritime Transport + Logistik (MTL), which also lists the sextet on its website. Their technical management has been entrusted to Intership Navigation, a Cyprus-based unit of Germany's Hartmann Group.
Duisburg-based MTL did not respond to a request for comment.
A sale and eventual removal of the sextet from MTL's managed fleet would leave the company with 10 general cargoships and two 118,500-dwt “baby capesize” vessels.
The sale may be some time coming. It took US financial house CarVal Investors between three and eight months to offload four handysize vessels it circulated for sale last September.
CarVal eventually divested the Nanjing Dongze Shipyard-built quartet in two separate stages. It first sold the 35,000-dwt Grand Marais and North Star (both built 2016) in January to Dutch outfit Alliance Maritime for $16.2m each. The ships have since been renamed the Maryam D and Merel D, respectively.
Russia’s White Lake is believed to have snapped up CarVal's remaining two units last month. The 37,300-dwt Alpine and sistership Summit (both built 2015) reportedly fetched $14.7m each.