CSBC, Taiwan’s leading
shipyard, has finally found a buyer for four ships it ordered on its own
account and has been hawking around the market for the past few months.
Compatriot liner Wan Hai
said in a regulatory filing that it had picked up CSBC’s quartet of 3,000 teu
containerships under construction, paying between $212m and $220m.
The vessels are slated for delivery in 2023 and should replace some of the chartered vessels and older ships
in Wan Hai’s fleet. The world’s 11th largest liner currently has 157 ships and
42 on order, according to Alphaliner data
CSBC was one of the few major
shipyards that failed to capitalise on the boxship order rush last year, so
instead, it moved to build ships that could be potentially chartered out or
sold, joining a raft of other Asian yards involved in containership leasing,
including CSSC and Yangzijiang in China and Imabari in Japan.