Pyxis Tankers Emerges as the buyer of Safe Bulkers kamsarmax bulker

Greek Pyxis Tankers, a shipowner of product tankers, has emerged as the buyer of a Safe Bulkers kamsarmax dry-bulk vessel whose sale was announced on Monday.

None of the companies have until now confirmed that it is a Safe Bulkers vessel, but all the indications are showing that both shipowners came to an agreement for the vessel at a price tag of $26.625m.

The Nasdaq-listed Pyxis said it had agreed with an unaffiliated third party to purchase an 82,013 dwt dry bulk vessel built in 2015 at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.

The eco-efficient kamsarmax, fitted with a ballast water treatment system and scrubber, has a purchase price of $26.625 million which is expected to be funded by a combination of bank debt and cash.

It is anticipated that the acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by February 2024.

On the other hand, Safe Bulkers led-by Polys Hajioannou, with a fleet of 47 vessels, consisting of 11 panamax, 10 kamsarmax, 18 post-panamax and 8 capesizes, has also revealed yesterday that it has sealed an agreement for the sale of the ship Pedhoulas Cherry, a 2015 Chinese-built, kamsarmax class, dry-bulk vessel at a gross sale price of $26.6m.

Safe Bulkers also reports that the estimated forward delivery of the vessel is between January and February next year.

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, president of Safe Bulkers commented: “As we take delivery of Phase 3 newbuilds we decided to proceed with a selective sale of MV Pedhoulas Cherry at a price we consider attractive. Company’s remaining orderbook includes seven more Phase 3 newbuilds, two of which are methanol dual fuel, with delivery dates three in 2024, two in 2025, one in 2026, and one in 2027, targeting one of the most environmentally efficient dry bulk fleets in the market.’’