Hull-based John H Whitaker Tankers Ltd with a history of 144 years has announced that it will be bought by Lindsay Blee.

The 144-year-old Whitaker Tankers, which is an internationally renowned fuel transportation company, operating a fleet of sea going tankers in UK and European waters, announced the change in a LinkedIn post on Monday.

No financial details were disclosed.

“We are delighted to be acquired by Lindsay Blee, and whilst this has a twinge of sadness for the Whitaker family having owned the business for 144 years, we strongly believe this is a positive change, providing clarity on the succession of the business to our staff and customers,” the company said in the post.

“We are proud to now be joining forces with a company who fully recognises the world class reputation of Whitakers and shares our desire to drive the business forward into the future.

“The success of our business has only been achieved through the incredible hard work and professionalism of our staff ashore and afloat, and as there will be no changes in this regard we are confident that there will be a smooth transition to the new owners, of whom we wish the very best in their new venture.”

In accordance with the data of Whitaker Tankers in its website, the company operates a fleet of eight tankers, built from 1996-2015 with a cargo capacity ranging between 2,147 and 6,503.

James Hills, managing director of Lindsay Blee commented: “We are thrilled and very proud to be adding Whitaker Tankers to our organisation. We look forward with excitement to working together with the Whitaker team and building upon their well-established success and reputation for quality and service”.

Source: John H Whitaker Tankers Ltd.