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Sainty Marine chairman resigns amid continued woes

Sainty Marine chairman resigns amid continued woes
The chairman of troubled Sainty Marine has resigned amid the company’s ongoing struggles to regain financial stability.

Wang Shuhua, who took the helm in September last year, resigned for personal reasons, according to a statement by Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine.

The company’s board of directors subsequently elected Zhang Shunfu as the successor to Wang. The 53-year-old Zhang previously held senior positions at Jiangsu-based financial institutions.

Shipbuilder Sainty Marine is struggling with a host of problems including assets and accounts frozen by banks, contract cancellations, delays to newbuilding deliveries, lawsuits and departure of senior officials.

The company is expecting to record a net loss of between RMB350-370m ($56.4-59.6m) for the first half of 2015, as against a profit of RMB41.92m in the previous corresponding period.

The projected loss was adjusted upwards from an earlier estimated deficit of RMB118.7-160m due mainly to the failed debt-for-equity rescue deal over the restructuring of compatriot Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry.

Late Friday, Sainty Marine expressed urgency in trying to find a buyer for four of its newly-built 64,000 dwt bulk carriers in a bid to ease its tightening cashflow.

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