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China to recycle four Wilh. Wilhelmsen ro-ro vessels

Shanghai: Wilh. Wilhelmsen has sold four of its car carriers to China for recycling, writes ShipGaz. Since the market for vehicle carriers collapsed in 2008, the ships have been surplus. The ships are the Tampere (built in 1979 as Barber Nara), Tapiola (built in 1978 as Bongabilla), Toba (built in 1979) and Tourcoing (pictured - built in 1978).

Two of the Singapore-flagged vessels were laid up at Lyngdal, Norway, from April 2009 to April 2010. The four ships are sold for an undisclosed price, but in the last couple of weeks recyclers in China have paid around USD 407 per light ton. The sum is a substantial increase from last months USD 360. The 32,000 DWT ro-ro's are have around 4,300 lane metres on the decks.  [03/08/10]
 

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