German owner Carl F Peters is eyeing more chemical tanker business after snapping up two vessels from Uni-Tankers in Denmark.
The family-owned company, based in Hamburg since 1924, confirmed it had acquired the 18,000-dwt Jutlandia Swan and Selandia Swan (both built 2008).
They fetched $11.6m and $12.4m respectively, with special surveys due, brokers reported.
VesselsValue assesses the carriers as worth $9.2m and $9.8m each.
Carl F Peters co-managing director Johannes Rath believes the duo will be worth the outlay.
“As we already have a sister vessel, the 18,000-dwt Atlantic Mate (built 2007) … trading very successfully in north-west Europe, we consider these Turkish-built, high-quality vessels a very good addition to our fleet,” he told TradeWinds.
Rath said the company will trade the tankers in north-west Europe, the European Atlantic basin and the Mediterranean.
“This acquisition of two more chemical tankers with approximately 20,600 cubic metres will add further flexibility for Carl F Peters to move in that particular segment of that market, may that be in way of contracts or time charters,” he added.
Rath said the Jutlandia Swan will be renamed Heinrich and the Selandia Swan will become Frank — traditional names assigned to Carl F Peters’ chemical tanker fleet.
The former will delivered in the first half of October, followed by the Selandia Swan a few weeks later.
Older tankers shipped out
They will be the joint biggest ships in the fleet, with the Atlantic Mate.
The company is listed with six other product tankers built between 2003 and 2008.
A previous tanker called Heinrich — a 6,700-dwt ship built in 2002 — was sold to Callista Shipping Services in the United Arab Emirates in April, while the 34,600-dwt MR Eberhardt Arctic (built 2002) was offloaded in July to Imza Denizcilik of Turkey.
The owner had not bought any secondhand ships since 2015.
The sale leaves Uni-Tankers with 15 other owned vessels. It charters in 27 others.