New vessels have a combined carrying capacity of 640,000 DWT
Al Seer Marine PJSC (ASM), a global player across multiple marine sectors and subsidiary of International Holding Company (IHC), has acquired two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) for its growing fleet.
With a total value of AED 404mn (US$ 110mn), the crude oil tankers, MV Twin Castor and MV Twin Pollux, each have a carrying capacity in the upper range of 320,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT), allowing for crude oil cargo, provisions, lubricant, and fuel.
Under current market conditions, these newly acquired tankers are expected to provide estimated returns of more than 20%. This is largely due to a forecasted global increase in tonne mile demand fueled by an uptick of crude oil production by 4% in 2022, and the declining global VLCC orderbook, which is down to 5.8% of the global fleet of 440 million DWT of crude oil tankers.
Al Seer Marine has increased its fleet by acquiring 9 ships and is analyzing expansion initiatives in crude and product tankers, gas tankers, and dry bulk shipping sectors, with short-term plans of acquiring 10 to 15 ships in 2022.
The company recently acquired two liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tankers valued at a combined AED 246mn (US$ 67mn) and has two 86,000cbm Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) currently under construction as part of a joint venture with BGN International.
“This acquisition of two new crude oil tankers is strategically driven given the current market conditions, and we expect to see strong returns as oil demand recovers and ship recycling returns to normal levels,” commented Guy Neivens, CEO, Al Seer Marine.