Heavylift, project and break-bulk operator Zeamarine Carrier is very close to its target of more than 100 multipurpose (MPP) ships after taking delivery of 6 time-chartered newbuildings from Chinese shipmanager New Legend. In January 2019, Zeamarine Carrier took delivery of 2019 newbuilding 13,300 DWT MV Zea Frontier which is the fourth ship in a series of New F-class 900 designs equipped with two 450 mtons cranes. MV Zea Frontier’s sistership MV Zea Fast will be the fifth ship in series and delivered on 20 January 2019. 2019 built 8,500 DWT MV Zea Color which is the last of four MPPs designed for Caribbean services. In September 2018, Germany based Zeaborn and Houston based Intermarine merged to establish Zeamarine Carrier. Zeamarine Carrier appointed Frank Fischer as global tonnage procurement MD.
Zeamarine Carrier has also chartered in 2018 build 12,300 DWT MV Zea Servant F-500-type MPP from a Chinese shipowner for 60 months at more than $9,000 per day. MV Zea Servant is equipped with two 250 mtons cranes at Chinese shipyard Taizhou Sanfu Shipbuilding. MV Zea Servant was originally ordered by Nordic Hamburg but has been taken over by Chinese shipmanager New Legend. In November 2018, Zeamarine Carrier took the delivery of New F-class 900 design MPPs 2017 built MV Industrial Fame and 2018 built MV Industrial Fusion. Before the merger, Intermarine ordered MV Industrial Fame and MV Industrial Fusion from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard. MV Industrial Fame and MV Industrial Fusion was taken on the back of financing from CSSC Leasing. MV Industrial Fame and MV Industrial Fusionare are technically managed by Germany based Hammonia Reederei. For organic growth, Zeamarine Carrier is also looking at newbuildings. Shipping market veterans have pointed to Zeamarine Carrier as a potential home for the fleet of bankrupt heavylift operator Hansa Heavy Lift. Zeamarine Carrier’s newbuildings are all equipped to deal with IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulations. According to Frank Fischer, there is no point in investing in scrubbers on its MPPs. MMPs are tend to be smaller ships and scrubber is not a viable solution for smaller ships. Frank Fischer expressed concerns over the ability of refiners to supply sufficient quantities of high-sulphur fuel in ports around the world. MPP segment is helped by growing demand from the renewables sector, especially offshore wind.