China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has though its subsidiary, China VLCC, chartered out two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) to oil giants BP and Shell.
Under the chartering deal, China VLCC has secured two two-year charters for its VLCCs with each oil major.
The contract is valued at RMB 360 m (approximately USD 57-6 million), CMES said in a filing to Shanghai stock exchange.
Details on the names of the vessels and beginning of the contracts remained undisclosed.
China VLCC is a joint venture business set up in 2014 by majority holder China Merchants Energy Shipping (51% stake) and Sinotrans & CSC Group (49% stake).
The joint venture’s fleet is comprised of 28 vessels. China VLCC last expanded its fleet with nine VLCCs that had been operated by compatriot Nanjing Tanker and a newbuilding.
World Maritime News Staff