Greek dry bulk operator Diana Shipping, led by Simeon Palios, is entering into the tanker trades via the acquisition of two 2011-built aframax tankers.
Mutiple shipbroking sources including Clarksons, Advanced Shipping & Trading, Seasure Shipbroking and Lion Shipbroking all reported that Diana Shipping has bought 104,000 dwt aframax tankers Maersk Jeddah and Maersk Jamnagar from Maersk Tankers.
The two vessels will be the first tankers in Diana Shipping’s fleet, which is currently comprised of 45 dry bulk vessels.
Each vessel has fetched a price of $30.3m, higher than VesselsValue‘s valuation of $26.69m.
Clarksons considered that the pricing is strong, and is reflective of the appetite for crude tonnage of 10 years and younger, a sector where there have been limited sales of late.