The New-York listed shipowner SFL Corporation has agreed to acquire three new LR2 product tankers for an aggregate purchase price of around $230m in combination with long term time charters to a world-leading energy and commodities company.

As informed, the vessels are currently under construction in China, and the sellers are affiliates of the company’s largest shareholder Hemen Holding Ltd.

As it is said by the shipowner the “purchase price is in line with valuations by independent shipbrokers.”

The company expects to take delivery of the vessels between the second and fourth quarter of this year, and the charter period will be minimum five years plus up to three years of extension options.

This adds close to $200m to SFL’s fixed-rate backlog, excluding the optional years, SFL said.

The charterer will have options to purchase the vessels after year five and eight, subject to a profit share mechanism with SFL.

Ole B. Hjertaker, chief executive of SFL Management AS, said: “We are pleased to do another milestone transaction in the tanker market at what we believe is an attractive stage of the market cycle.

“These product tankers are the most desired vessels for carrying clean petroleum products over long sea distances between the largest refineries and consumer centers of the world and will be in high demand to meet the future energy needs of the world.

“We are also very proud to add another leading energy and commodity powerhouse to our list of high quality clients.”

Source: SFL Corporation.