Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corp. announced Thursday the sale of two very-large crude carriers to an unspecified buyer described as a substantial London-based Greek company.
The two vessels are the 1972-built Golar Kansai and the 1974-built Golar Kanto. Both were built in Japan and have a capacity of 215,000 deadweight tons. Gotaas uses the vessels to carry crude oil from the Persian Gulf to Japan.Gotaas did not disclose the sales price, but said it will realize a small profit on the transaction. The vessels will be delivered to their new owners during the second quarter of 1988, after completion of their current voyages.
The company said the deal is in line with its policy of renewing and upgrading its crude oil tanker fleet. Gotaas-Larsen will take delivery of five 145,000-dwt. tankers that are capable of moving through the Suez Canal during the next 12 months. It will also take delivery of two very-large crude carriers (vessels with a capacity in excess of 200,000 tons) later in 1989.
Gotaas-Larsen is an international shipping group with a fleet (existing and on order) of 32 modern vessels, including five liquefied natural gas carriers, nine cruise ships and 18 other cargo vessels.
It has its principal office in Hamilton, Bermuda, and other offices in London and Oslo, Norway.