Norwegian investment firm Ness Risan and Partners (NRP) and Greek dry bulk owner W Marine have been revealed as the buyers of Genco’s 2007-built panamax Genco Raptor in a $10.2m deal.
Brokers had reported the vessel sold to unknown Greek buyers, with talk that Zissimatos-led Monte Nero was behind the acquisition.
However, Splash understands that the vessel has been renamed W-Raptor and the owning company traces back to both W Marine and NRP.
W Marine, founded by Yiannis Sarantitis in 2003, and NRP have worked together before. In February, NRP announced that the two had bought a 2012-built kamsarmax together, which turned out to be the New Times-built Tenten (now W Arcturus). W Marine is the commercial and technical manager of the vessel.
NRP announced a similar transaction last week with Greece’s Empros Lines, acquiring a 2011-built 61,000 dwt ultramax bulker in partnership.