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Seatrade confirms order for four handysize reefers

Seatrade confirms order for four handysize reefers
Reefer vessel operator and owner Seatrade has exercised an option to construct four handysize reefer newbuildings of 300,000 cu m at China’s Guangxin Shipbuilding & Heavy Industry.

The ships are slated for delivery from the Chinese yard’s facility in Zhongshan from mid-2017. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Seatrade said the reefer newbuildings will be of eco-design and be equiped with an environmentally friendly refrigeration plant to cool the under-deck space whilst they are able to carry refrigerated containers on-deck.

The latest order is part of the larger newbuilding programme involving six plus six optional high specification reefer container vessels and another four optional handysize reefer vessels.

The specialised handysize reefer vessels will be employed in the GreenSea Reefer Pool, whilst the reefer container vessels will be employed in the Seatrade Pool in current and newly developed trades.

Seatrade highlighted that it continues to seek opportunities to enlarge its fleet with further acquisitions of newbuildings and/or modern secondhand tonnage, combined with possible strategic alliances with third party owners.