Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Maritime is linked to the acquisition of six tanker newbuildings from bankrupt owner Toisa’s fleet.
According to Allied Shipbroking, Zodiac Maritime has spent $280m in total for six newbuilding tankers under construction at China Shipping Industry (Jiangsu), made up of three 157,000 dwt suezmax tankers United Oceans, United Paragon, Pericles G.C. and three 113,500 dwt aframax tankers Nikos Kazantzakis, United Mariner and United Nomad.
Five of the six vessels are scheduled for delivery this year and the other one is expected to be delivered in 2019.
Toisa filed for chapter 11 protection in January 2017, and currently most of the company’s fleet has been sold off.
VesselsValue data shows Zodiac Maritime currently operates a fleet of 134 vessels, made up of 33 bulkers, 39 containerships,42 tankers, five LPG carriers as well as 15 car carriers.