摘錄自「Tradewinds」28 Oct. 2011
Taiwanese owner Shih Wei Navigation has ordered two bulkers at Usuki Shipyard as part of its fleet expansion.
Shih Wei president Cheng Cheng-Lung confirms the order for a pair of 16,000-dwt handysizes, said to have been inked last week. The ships are due for delivery at the end of 2012 and early 2013.
Cheng declines to comment on the price but says the deal was sealed in dollars, not yen. Newbuilding brokers believe the pair of handysizes cost at least $20m each.
Shih Wei has been active in the newbuilding market and is a strong supporter of Japanese yards.
The company claims that despite the fact that ships are more expensive in Japan than in China and South Korea, it still prefers Japan as it has a long-standing relationship with the country and is confident it will be taking delivery of quality ships.
“We have known the Japanese yards for a long time and they provide well-designed vessels,” said Cheng.
“If Shih Wei approached a new yard for newbuildings, we would have to get to know the yard from scratch. This is time consuming and troublesome.”
Shih Wei adds that most Japanese shipbuilders are quoting in dollars to stay competitive against the Koreans and Chinese.
“They [Japanese shipbuilders] are taking on the risk of exchange rates,” said Cheng.
“There is some price gap between the Japanese and other foreign yards but the difference is not too big.”
Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March is another reason Shih Wei is going there.
“This is another way of helping the Japanese,” said Cheng.
“Frankly, we also hope that they get good prices for their newbuildings so it will help them get back on track.”