Oct 19 (Reuters) - Smaller dry cargo vessels are outperforming bigger capesizes, boosted by rising trade in minor bulks such as cement, grain and fertilizer. [ID:nSGE69C0JZ]
Rising rates for panamax vessels have prompted companies to look at buying more smaller vessels. Following are some acquisitions of panamax, handymax and handysize vessels so far this year:
* June 25 - Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd (GNK.N) says to buy 16 supramax vessels from Setaf SAS, a unit of Bourbon SA, for about $545 million. [ID:nLDE65N271]
* June 9 - Genco to buy 5 handysize vessels from Metrostar companies for about $166.3 million. [ID:nSGE6580IR] and Genco-managed Baltic Trading Ltd BALT.N to buy 3 35,000-deadweight-ton vessels for about $99.8 million from Metrostar companies. [ID:nSGE6580IR]
* April 26 - Paragon Shipping in shipbuilding contracts with a Chinese shipyard for 2 kamsarmax and 2 handysize drybulk vessels.
* April 12 - Paragon to buy a panamax bulk carrier for $41 million. [ID:nWNAB7737] (Compiled by Vaishnavi Bala in Bangalore, Editing by Ian Geoghegan)