A big-ticket deal to buy the crown jewels in Sovcomflot (SCF Group)’s tanker fleet fitted into his wider expansion into LNG-related assets, Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis said.

“For us, it’s very important to go for new vessels that can face the new regulations in the near future — we’re committed to this,” the principal of rapidly expanding Capital Maritime & Trading told a high-level panel at the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum on Tuesday.