Carisbrooke Shipping recently welcomed the following eight modern, high quality 8000 dwt general cargo vessels to their commercially-managed fleet, now in excess of 60 vessels (5-19k dwt), and with 31 of those vessels in the 6800-8500 dwt size bracket.
Built 2003-2005, with the TIP fleet offering ICE Class 1A flexibility, and an overall balanced mix of both single & tween-deck, geared & gearless vessels, Carisbrooke Shipping believe these new additions will both complement and enhance their existing fleet portfolio and thus offer customers enhanced value.
These additional vessels have been developed in partnership with German & Norwegian Owners, and according to James McConachie, Chartering Director at Carisbrooke Shipping, this is very much part of a drive to both add value, and consolidate a fragmented market.
“All of these vessels involve a strong co-operation element, and in this regard, we are absolutely delighted to be an integral part of both Liberty One and Solmunde & Partners’ plans for the future, and believe our shared views of excellence in ship management, aligned with quality, modern tonnage provision, and a mutual understanding based on co-operation, integrity, humility and professionalism, will result in an exceptional end product.
It is no secret that both bulk & MPP shipping sectors continue to face challenging markets. Our segments have, if anything, become even more fragmented in recent years, and a degree of strategic tonnage consolidation is very much welcomed to maintain freight discipline, and to ensure successful and sustainable trading models.
Every market cycle has its own trials and tribulations, and this one is certainly no different. Yet they also harbour opportunities for those who are patient, passionate and remain flexible to new trading patterns. We, at Carisbrooke Shipping do see a sustainable future for quality shipping within our sectors and are proud, through these partnerships, to re-assert our commitment to the short-sea, geared mini-bulk and MPP markets. These additional vessels fit extremely well both within our existing fleet portfolio and trading models, yet at the same time will further enhance the overall service we offer to all our customers – both on the cargo and ownership sides.