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Greek shipowners order 206 new ships in fiorst half of 2014

Greek shipowners are earmarking 8 billion euros worth of investments for the first half of the year, in order to wind down in the second half.

According to ship brokers Golden Destiny, Greek shipowners have ordered the construction of 206 ships, of total tonnage of 21,529,421 tons. During the corresponding period last year the orders were for 128 ships, meaning an increase in ships of 61% YEAR ON YEAR.

Bulkcarriers make up most of the orders with 102 ships. Most of the orders are for ships in the middle range with 74 ships, between 40,000 and 78,999 tons.

By category:
Handymax 40,000-49,999 tons 4
Supramax 50,000-59,999 tons 8
Ultramax 60,000-67,000 tons 37
Panamax 70,000-78,999 tons 25

There are 26 orders for Capesize 120,000-219,999 ton ships and just two orders in the category VLOC >-220,000.

There are 59 tankers on order, in their vast majority for crude oil, and just 16 for refined oil products and by-products.

As concerns crude oil carriers these concern 15 Aframax (80,000-119,999 tons) tankers, 16 Suezmax (120,000-160,000 tons) and 12 Vlcc (161,000-320,000 tons).

There are also orders for 18 LNG carriers and 22 container ships.

Among order placing firms are:

• Blue Planet, (N. Apodiakos), with an order for 3 bulkcarriers worth $27 million each,
• Arcadia Shipment, (K. Angelopoulos), with two large tankers worth $101 million.
• Ceres Shipping Ltd, (Peter Livanos),with an order for 7 ships.
• Kyklades Maritime (Alafouzos Family)της οικογένειας Αλαφούζου ordered four ships each with a capacity of 158,000 tons, and worth $65 million.
• Stealthgas (H. Vafias), two LNG carriers worth $52 million each.