Eurofin expands Merlin Tankers

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc. The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades. The purchase of a third vessel is about to be completed. Janos Koenig, managing director of Eurofin, says, “We are delighted with the uptake of Merlin Tankers and confident that our specialist focus will give us a competitive advantage. There is a reservoir of capital from non-shipping investors which is seeking an entry into shipping but which would be uncomfortable with a play focussed on the volatile mainstream tanker or dry bulk markets. Merlin Tankers is focussed on new opportunities in edible oil transport. That gives investors a focussed niche market play, and we expect to grow substantially over the next year as demand for specialised edible oils tankers increases when new regulations come into force.” Merlin Tankers Inc is an investment company managed by the Eurofin Group which will buy and operate ships focussed on veg oil carriage. Commercial management of the ships will be carried out by Bergen-based Champion Tankers, which is a leader in the edible oil trades. Technical management will be provided by Piraeus-based Genoa Maritime, which has extensive experience with these trades and with sister ships to those purchased by Merlin Tankers. The two ships purchased so far are the 38,000 dwt Merlin Trader and Merlin Champion, both of which are now en route to China where they will be converted to full double/double configuration, bringing them up to IMO Cat II. According to Koenig, “New IMO regulations on the carriage of edible oils mean that from January 1, 2007 these oils will have to be carried in IMO Cat II or III ships. That will create a shortage of tonnage in these trades, and with these cost-effective vessels ready to trade from this autumn we are well prepared to take advantage of that.”
Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Massive cargo ship runs aground in US

A 33,044-ton cargo ship ran aground Wednesday in the Delaware River near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   According to the U.

Dubai to Expand LNG Terminal

The UAE is planning to expand the capacity of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Dubai to help meet rising demand for electricity and water, the energy minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said.

Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Delaware River (Link to Video)

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is investigating a ship aground in the Delaware River near the Burlington Bristol Bridge, which connects Burlington, NJ and Bristol Township, PA.

Finance

Can Shipping Lines Survive?

The world's shipping lines risk bankruptcy and will have to shed assets in order to stay afloat. The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015,

BMT Partners with Aage Hempel

BMT SMART (BMT),  has announced  that Aage Hempel has become an accredited service partner.  This agreement will provide both organizations with the opportunity

Tanker Backlog Builds at Basra

Ships face up to a three week wait; bad weather in February delayed loading, created backlog. * April intake to be reduced to clear backlog By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1219 sec (8 req/sec)