Belgium’s CMB Cancels Order with South Korean Shipbuilder

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August 26, 2014

ReutersBRUSSELS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Belgian dry bulk shipping group CMB said on Tuesday it had cancelled an order for four vessels with South Korean shipbuilder Samjin set to be delivered in 2014.

CMB, which added that the shipbuilder was not able to deliver the four handysize vessels on time, said Samjin had returned $30 million in advances, including interest.

In late 2011, CMB’s unit Bocimar signed a deal with Samjin for the delivery of six vessels, with two options for another two.

After Tuesday’s cancellation, CMB said it was monitoring the situation and did not exclude walking away from other orders with Samjin.

CMB, which on Tuesday also confirmed a first-half net loss of $2.8 million, said it would not pay an interim dividend for the period. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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