Oldendorff Carriers has celebrated the delivery of five eco-newbuildings – four of which were handed over to the shipowner on the same day.
South Korea has announced an ambitious plan to boost its shipbuilding industry by promoting the production of environmentally-friendly ships and LNG bunkering, according to the ministry of trade, industry and energy (MOTIE).
China’s CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding has been awarded an order to build one 38,800-dwt dry bulk carrier for its associate firm CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company, reports said.
While there are still more questions than answers when discussing the eco-ship, the commercial incentive of significant fuel savings, workable finance solutions and increased regulation means it is inevitable shipowners will have to adopt a more sustainable approach.
With the sharply reduced bunker price containership owners are shelving eco-retrofit projects according to Thomas Preben Hansen, ceo of Rickmers Maritime Trust.
China Exim Bank is focusing its efforts in financing shipowners for orders of high-tech and LNG vessels, eco-ships and offshore units.