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Tanker owner Hafnia and commodity trading group Mercuria will commercially run 10-ships by introducing a new “Hafnia Panamax Pool”.

Shipowner Hafnia and trader Mercuria are teaming up to operate panamax tankers in a new “Hafnia Panamax Pool”.

The new pool will commercially run 10 vessels from the companies’ US, European and Far East offices.

In a joint effort, the two companies are setting out to service the industry by initially committing ten vessels with an average age of 13 years to bridge the gap across a rapidly aging segment.

This partnership will launch in March 2024 and aims to deliver operational and commercial service within the panamax tanker segment.

“The companies will draw on their well-established combined strengths through this strategic alliance and seize the opportunities in a dynamic global shipping industry,” the partners said.

The owner Hafnia is currently having in its fleet portfolio 205 vessels in total, of which 117 are owned.

Søren Skibdal Winther, vice president, commercial – at Hafnia, said: “With this venture, we look forward to leveraging our combined expertise, and are confident that customers and partners will see immediate and obvious advantages.”

Larry Johnson, global head of freight and shipping at Mercuria added, “As Charterers ourselves, we have noticed a deficit of modern tonnage in this segment, and we are delighted to team up with industry-leading tanker owner and pool operator Hafnia in our efforts to service this need.”