London-based Greek tanker and bulker operator NS Lemos is being linked to a $400m order for four 9,600-teu vessels at Hyundai Heavy Industries with long-term charters attached to German operator Hamburg Sud.
The deal involves four options in a series of up to 10 vessels originally ordered by Hamburg Sud four months ago for delivery from 2013 onward at less than $110m each.
Hamburg Sud wants to improve its balance sheet, having already ordered six of the expensive ships in March, and has been looking for a buyer for the optional vessels with a view to chartering them back for 10 years.
However, managing director Filippos Lemos is denying the talk.
Hamburg Sud’s original order specified ships with around 1,700 reefer plugs for delivery in 2013.