In dry bulk this week, COSCO Bulk Carriers have announced an order for four firm 180,000 DWT Capesize at Tianjin Xingang, with all vessels due to deliver in 2016. At the same yard, COSCO have also contracted four firm 40,000 DWT Handymax, with delivery split between 2015 and 2016. Blue Wall shipping have declared options for two further 43,500 DWT Handymax at Qingshan Shipyard, with delivery in the first half of 2017. Ultrabulk are also understood to have ordered two firm plus one option 38,000 DWT

Handysize at a yet unknown Japanese Shipyard, with the firm vessels lined up for delivery from 2015.

In Tankers, clients of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) have declared options for four further 112,700 DWT crude carriers at DSME.

Delivery for these latest vessels is due in 2017, with the series now at a total of nine vessels.

A relatively active week in the small container market, starting with Nord Reederei declaring options for three 2,500 TEU container carriers at Huangpu Wenchong and four 1,730 TEU carrier at Zhejiang Ouhua. These most recent contracts take the series for each size to six and twelve vessels respectively, with delivery in 2015 and 2016. Sainty Marine have announced an order for six firm plus four option 12,000 DWT MPPs for Zeaborn, with delivery of the firm vessels in 2016 and 2017, with options in 2018 if declared. Finally, Ray Shipping are understood to have declared two options for 7,500 CEU PCCs at Hyundai Mipo, delivering in 2015 and 2016.