Performance Shipping orders LNG-ready LR2 Aframax

Greek tanker owner Performance Shipping has signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding for the construction of a 114,000 dwt LNG-ready LR2 Aframax product/crude oil tanker worth $62.6 million.

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The shipowner said that the tanker is slated for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2025.

The vessel will be equipped with an electronic Main Engine with High-Pressure Selective Catalytic Reactor (HPSCR) for Tier III (NOx Emissions) compliance, an exhaust gas cleaning system for Tier II (NOx Emissions) compliance, and a ballast water treatment system (BWTS).

Andreas Michalopoulos, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, said that Performance Shipping was happy to secure one of the remaining delivery slots for LR2/Aframax tankers with a 2025 delivery date.

“Construction of this LNG-ready product/crude oil tanker, featuring the latest high specification engine and emission requirements, and fitted with a scrubber and a water ballast treatment system, will take place at the largest and most reputable state-owned shipyard in China,” he said.

“This contract is consistent with our view that historically low tanker fleet growth in the next few years and an aging fleet during a high seaborne trade demand period will result in sustainably strong fundamentals and higher asset values.”

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The company owns and operates eight Aframax tankers, including one newbuild tanker vessel.

Performance Shipping reported a record quarterly net income for Q4 2022 from continuing and discontinued operations of $23.8 million. This is compared to a net loss from continuing and discontinued operations and net loss from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders of $2.1 million for the same period in 2021.