Maersk Tankers has ordered nine 49,940-dwt MR product tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries Ningbo shipyard in China in a $300m deal.
The contract was signed today at Maersk Tankers’ office in Copenhagen by Claus Grønborg, Maersk Tankers’ vice-president and head of business development, and a representative from Samsung’s London Office.
The vessels, which will be built to an “eco-friendly” design, are due to be delivered in 2017 and 2018.
“The vessels will support our Taking Lead strategy in the product segment and maintain our strong focus on cost effectiveness. The renewal of our fleet will help us to stay environmentally efficient, competitive and better equipped to meet our customers demands,” Grønborg said in a statement today.
Maersk Tankers already has eight MRs under construction at SungDong shipyard, South Korea, due for delivery this year and next.
The company’s live fleet consists of 80 owned product tankers and 20 on timecharter.