Monaco-based International Andromeda Shipping is poised to add a sixth ship to its fleet of five MR and aframax tankers.
While the company declined to comment on the purchase, market sources tell Splash that the company, led by Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, is buying the aframax Kometik (126,600 dwt, built 1997) from Mobil Chevron Murphy Joint Venture for around $8m.
International Andromeda Shipping was founded in 1992 by a group of professionals already actively involved in international oil trading and ship management, with the purpose to own and manage a fleet of tanker vessels and gas carriers. The company has focused mainly on the transport of petroleum products, building up a specific know-how in owning, managing and operating tankers from 30,000 to 150,000 dwt.
At present Andromeda owns a fleet of two medium range tankers, two aframax tankers, and an FSO named Blue Trader. In 2010, the company started to offer ship management services to third parties and presently manages four product tankers and two FSOs.