Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced the charter extension for a further 12-months of one of its MR tankers to the current charterer, a major Japanese trading house. This fixture has profit-sharing provisions attached and excluding those, the company expects to generate a minimum of $5 million in gross revenues over the duration of the contract. Concurrent with this, TEN commenced its strategic partnership with a major European oil major through the chartering of the first of its modern DNA Aframax crude carriers operating, up to now, in the spot market.
"We view the above fixtures as a reflection of the growing appetite of major end-users to subcontract their cargo needs to proven and reliable operators, particularly with modern fleets, like ourselves," stated Nicholas P. Tsakos, President & CEO of TEN. "With the majority of our fleet today operating in crude trades but also with a notable presence in products operations, coupled with our shuttle tankers and LNG vessels, we feel confident that our Company will continue reaping the rewards that are steadily surfacing and further solidify its bottom line not only through the straight chartering of vessels but also through deeper strategic initiatives that have been, and will continue to be, pursued."