D’Alesio offloads ageing MR tanker to Nigerian group Matrix

Italy’s Dalmare has sold the 2002-built medium range tanker Acquaviva to Nigerian buyers.

Mauro D’Alesio, chief financial officer of the Leghorn-based D’Alesio Group, confirmed to Splash that “a MOU has been signed to sell the vessel for some $9.7m to a company whose name I cannot disclose”.

According to sources the buyer is Matrix Group who own and operate terminals and storage tanks in the Niger delta region. With this deal the company expands its fleet to three ships.

Commenting on the reason for the disposal, D’Alesio said: “This sale was planned in the company’s restructuring procedure for Q1 2018 but the current liquid bulk market trend and the price offered by the buyer were two good reasons for an early sale.”

The Acquaviva is set to by delivered to the new owners later this month.

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