NYK Line has approached compatriot Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) to construct a next-generation, scrubber-fitted bulk carrier on the back of a long term charter contract with JFE Steel Corporation.

Some life seems to be slowly returning to the Malaysian offshore market with Sealink announcing contracts worth a total of MYR52m ($12.1m) for the charter of one unit of safety standby vessel and the sale of two vessels.

Navios Maritime Partners has announced a $31.05m acquisition deal for a secondhand South Korea-built capesize bulk carrier that comes attached with a charter contract until 2018.

Pan Ocean has made an order to construct five woodpulp carriers at a total price of KRW165.5bn ($146.1m) after having secured a long term transportation contract with Brazil’s Fibria.

Financially-shaken Ezra Holdings has received a statutory demand from the solicitors of Forland Subsea on Monday in relation to a claim amount of approximately NOK25.5m ($3.1m) that is due and owed by Ezra acting as guarantor under a vessel charter contract.

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has inked four new time charter contracts.