Lepta Shipping orders up to 12 bulk carriers

Lepta Shipping, a joint venture between Nissen Kaiun and Mitsui & Co., has ordered up to twelve bulk carriers, which are slated for delivery from the first quarter of 2026.

The shipowner has signed a contract with Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding, the Chinese shipbuilder that is a subsidiary of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding. The deal includes 10 firm vessels, with the option to purchase an additional two bulkers.

The bulkers will have 82,500 dwt. They will be classed by classification society ClassNK.

In the past, the shipbuilder has made orders for LPG carriers, LNG B-type fuel tanks, MR product oil tankers, and 80,000DWT large self-unloading ships, with the value of the contracts going up to $2.1 billion (€1.9 billion).

In February this year, Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding delivered Maersk Biscayne to Lepta Shipping. The ship is intended for a charter for Danish container shipping major A.P. Moller Maersk.