Brokers are linking fast emerging Iraqi tanker player Al-Iraqia Shipping Services & Oil Trading (AISSOT) with a resale pair of VLCCs.
AISSOT – a joint venture between Iraqi Oil Tanker Co and Arab Maritime Petroleum (AMPTC) founded last year – is understood to be paying $88m per unit for two scrubber-ready VLCCs that Singapore’s BW Group ordered in May last year. The 318,000 dwt ships are due to deliver from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries in October and December this year.
Splash understands Andreas Sohmen-Pao-led BW is netting around $3m per ship from the deal.
BW ordered four VLCCs with options at Samsung Heavy last May, its first VLCC orders since selling its VLCC fleet to DHT Holdings in return for a majority stake.
Prior to the BW deal, AISSOT’s biggest partner in shipping had been Evangelos Marinakis’ Capital Ship Management, which has managed to charter a total of four VLCCs on long term charter to the new Iraqi company in recent months.
Established in August last year, AISSOT is also involved in trading of petroleum products, ship chartering, oil terminals, and bunkering.