Gruppo Scerni has confirmed to Splash that it is not about to exit shipowning and reports that it has sold two aframax vessels have been misstated.
“Scerni di Navigazione has not sold any ships thus remaining in the company’s fleet. Hence market rumours on those deals are definitely untrue,” Paolo Scerni, head of the Scerni group, told Splash today.
Some brokers today suggested Italy’s Scerni di Navigazione had a deal on subjects for the sale of its China-built tankers SN Claudia (110,000 dwt, built 2009) and SN Olivia (110,000 dwt, built 2010).
A spokesperson for Monte Carlo-based Starboard Advisors, which commercially manages the Scerni fleet, told Splash that the vessels had been taken off the market last week “because the market had changed”.
The Italian group sold its other two tankers in August 2015 for $42m en bloc. The LR1 product tankers SN Azzurra (72,300 dwt, built 2003) and SN Federica (72,300 dwt, built 2003) were both sold to US-based Delphin Shipping and have been renamed Augusta and Telluride respectively, according to brokers’ records.
This article has been updated to reflect the comments of Paolo Scerni. An earlier version claimed the sale was on subjects.