Oman Shipping Company (OSC) is plotting a fleet diversification into dry bulk and containers. The Middle Eastern owner yesterday confirmed orders reported by Splash earlier this month for two VLCCs at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).
OSC’s CFO and acting CEO Michael Jorgensen said the newbuilds are expected to be deployed in the spot market, as the company plots further fleet expansion in the bulk and container market.
The 320,000 dwt scrubber-fitted VLCCs will add to OSC’s expanding fleet of 49 vessels including 16 VLCCs, 17 product tankers and four chemical carriers.
“They will form a key part of our expansion plan over the coming years as we prepare for further investment in oil and product carriers in 2019/2020, particularly in the bulk and container market,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen revealed state-run OSC has seen significant growth from a new VLCC spot chartering desk which secured more than 100 fixtures with oil majors in its first 20 months of operation.