Belgium-based Euronav on Monday announced the sale of VLCC Flandre for USD 45 million to a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.
The Flandre, 2004-built, 305,688 dwt VLCC, is wholly owned by Euronav and following the recent sale of the Artois (2001 – 298,330 dwt) is the oldest vessel in the company’s VLCC fleet, Euronav said in a press statement.
A capital gain of approximately USD 20.3 million on the sale will be recorded in the current quarter. The vessel is expected to be delivered in December 2017 and will be converted in an FPSO by her new owner and will therefore leave the worldwide VLCC trading fleet.
Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said, “This is a remarkable accomplishment for Euronav and simultaneously achieves two key objectives for the Company. It profitably assists our fleet renewal program by reducing the age of our fleet and will allow capital to be recycled into modern tonnage.”
Besides, this is the seventh vessel that the company has successfully introduced into an offshore project, demonstrating the reputation for providing high quality operational tonnage for the offshore sector, Rodgers added.
Sea News, December 5