The company said the investment of approximately $300 million in newbuilds was a clear indication of its commitment to remain at the very top of the product tanker industry. The contract was signed at Maersk Tankers’ office in Copenhagen by Claus Grønborg, VP and Head of Business Development of Maersk Tankers and a representative from Samsung’s London Office.
Mr Grønborg said he was highly satisfied with the order, seeing it as next step in the renewal of Maersk Tankers fleet.
“The vessels will support our Taking Lead strategy in the Product segment and maintain our strong focus on cost effectiveness. The renewal of our fleet will help us to stay environmentally efficient, competitive and better equipped to meet our customers’ demands.”
In a statement by Samsung, a representative said: “We are very happy that Maersk Tankers has chosen Samsung Heavy Industries Ningbo to build and deliver nine MR product tankers of the latest eco-friendly design”.
The nine vessels, whose flag states have not yet been determined, will join Maersk Tankers fleet during 2017 and 2018.