Greek shipowner companies are extremely busy during the first month of 2014, buying second-hand ships and also ordering newly manufactured ones to further increase their fleets.
During the first ten days of the new year, Greek shipowner companies seem to be moving at the same pace as 2013 when they broke all previous records in shipbuilding and marine markets, investing a total of over 19 billion dollars and renewing their fleet, the value of which is estimated at 101 billion dollars.
This crescendo of investments seems to be continuing through the first month of 2014 as Greek companies appear to have procured 15 ships in the second-hand market, investing more than 300 million dollars, while also giving an order for the construction of 19 new ships. According to the brokerage firm, Golden Destiny, second-hand markets show a 150% increase compared to the last working week of December, 2013, while the number of new ship orders has risen by 280% compared to one week ago.
Out of all the second-hand purchases, the brokerage firms are focusing on the investment by a Greek shipping company because of its en bloc purchase of four under construction bulk carriers that will be delivered in 2014. Compass Maritime announced that the purchase was made by Konstantinos Martinos’ shipping company, Thenamaris. Overall the Greece’s companies have bought 15 ships, 12 bulkers and 3 tankers.
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