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Star Bulk rejuvenates capesize fleet

STAR Bulk Carriers has spent $42.5m purchasing a 2000-built, 171,000 dwt capesize vessel to replace another ship sold last year, writes Liz McCarthy.The new ship will be renamed Star Aurora and will replace the 1992-built, 175,000 dwt Star Alpha, which was reported as sold by sale and purchase brokers at $19.7m in July 2009. The ship was delivered to its undisclosed buyers in the fourth quarter of 2009, the company said. The Athens-based company is expecting the Star Aurora to be delivered charter-free between October-November 2010, at which point the Nasdaq-listed group aims to have secured period time charter employment for the vessel. The new ship, of which the seller was not disclosed, bumps up Star Bulk’s fleet to 12 vessels, totalling approximately 1.1m dwt with an average age of 10.2 years. Star Bulk president and chief executive Akis Tsirigakis commented yesterday: “We are pleased to acquire a younger capsize vessel of quality to replace the older one sold.

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