Small shoots of recovery in the tanker orderbook are visible at the smaller shipyards, according to BRL Shipping Consultants. It points to the order of an 8,000-dwt product tanker at Haidong, China.
Haidong has built a series of bunkering tankers, small product and chemical tankers, singledeckers and container feeder ships, none larger than 20,000 dwt.
It currently has on order four small tankers, comprising three 1,000-dwt tankers for Akron Trade & Transport of the UAE, and an 8,000-dwt product tanker for the cabotage service under ownership of Shanghai Xianglian Shipping. Akron Trade & Transport is an oil trader, shipmanager and physical bunker supplier and currently has 18 Haidong-built tankers in its fleet.
BRL noted that there are several tenders for tanker newbuilding contracts including:
- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company – tender for three plus optional three VLCCs. LNG propulsion considered. Contractor is the shipping division of ADNOC Logistics & Services. Eight shipbuilders invited. Estimated cost $87-90M each.
- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company – tenders invited for construction of four plus optional four 115,000-dwt. LR2 Aframax products carriers. LNG propulsion considered. Eight builders invited. Order decision before end 2020. Estimated cost $50M each.
- Rubis Group – Option exercised for an additional 15,000-dwt asphalt/bitumen carrier at China Merchants Jingling (formerly Avic Dingheng).
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