Despite Eurozone crisis, global shipowners continued to place orders due to attractive contract terms and newly developed eco-friendly designss.
According to Clarkson Hellas, in various types, particularly specialized ships have seen an active ordering during recent week, as well as newly developed energy efficient bulkers.
Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea reportedly contracted for 2+2 6,600-ceu PCTCs from Eukor Car Carriers and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering booked 10+10 livestock carrier newbuildings for the first time in Korea.
China's Yangfan Group contracted for fuel-efficient six 39,500-dwt bulkers with d'Amica, with six optional more. The newbuilding price is about $22.3m apiece, based on heavy-tail payment terms and the vessels will be constructed upon Deltamarin's design.
Japanese shipbuilding industry is recently having a hard time with strong yen showed once again, however, that they aim to win new orders by going ahead in a competition of new-ship development with Korea and China.
Meanwhile, according to Golden Destiny, during a recent week, a total of 21 vessels have been newly ordered, down by 22% week-on-week. Of them, 12 turned out to be tankers and Japan's IHIMU contracted for two VLCCs for a domestic shipowner.
China's Jinhai Heavy Industry booked an order for two 64,000-dwt ultramax bulkers, valued at $26m per ship, from Greek owner Laskaridis.
In case of boxship sector, Zodiac is in talks with Korean shipyards to order 10 5,000-teu series of vessels at $45-50m bargain price, while Germany's Bernhard Schulte is proceeding newbuilding negotiation for 2,200-teu series with two Chinese shipyards.