HMM Abandons Options for Five VLCCs at DSME

Mar 12, 2018

South Korean shipping giant Hyundai Merchant Marine has decided to abandon its options for five additional tankers, the company confirmed to World Maritime News.

The company’s very large crude carrier (VLCC) options were a part of an earlier shipbuilding agreement with compatriot shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

Namely, in April 2017, HMM and DSME signed a letter of intent for the construction of five 300,000 dwt VLCCs, with an option for five more ships. The parties were also to consider LNG carrier engine and eco-friendly technology for the ships.

At the time, HMM said it would use funds from the financing package worth KRW 2.6 trillion (USD 2.28 billion), a part of South Korea’s efforts to help the country’s shipping industry, to finance the newbuildings.