Weekly Broker: Capes top interest

With capes trading in excess of $30,000 a day all week, there's been a corresponding uptick in interest to acquire big bulker tonnage.

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Advanced Shipping and Trading, Allied Shipbroking and Lorentzen & Stemoco all reported that German owner Zeaborn sold its 2010-built 179,600 dwt capesize bulker ER America.

The Romanian-built vessel was acquired by Greek buyers for $20.5m, with VesselsValue data showing Tsakos Shipping as the buyer. Allied Shipbroking, Lorentzen & Stemoco and Banchero Costa all reported the sale of the 2011-built 34,100 dwt handy bulker Capetan Costis.

Greek owner Super Eco Bulkers sold the South Korean-built vessel to compatriot owner Kouros Maritime for $8.25m.

Several shipbroking houses reported that the 2015-built 82,000 dwt kamsarmax bulker Precious Sky was sold by Japanese owner MC Shipping to Greek buyers while Lorentzen & Stemoco identified the buyer as John Kalogirators-controlled Primerose Shipping.

The vessel has fetched a price of $21.25m.

The tanker S&P market saw moderate activities this week with deals mostly focused on larger vessels.

Intermodal reported that AET Tankers sold its 2006-built VLCC Bunga Kasturi Tiga to Indonesian energy firm Pertamina for $31m.

More than six shipbroking houses listed the sale of the 2011-built 305,000 dwt VLCC Tokitsu Maru.

Japanese owner NYK sold the crude tanker to Greek buyers for $45m.

Both Intermodal and Lorentzen & Stemoco reported that Japanese owner Eifuku Kaiun sold its 2008-built 19,800 dwt chemical tanker Pacific Sapphire to Dutch owner Ace Tankers.

The Japanese-built vessel went for $11.8m.