The latest liquidity temperature check on New York-listed Scorpio Tankers gives the impression that an outright sale of some vessels could be on the cards.

Scorpio management led by president Robert Bugbee told investors for the second time in a week on Tuesday that a straight sale of tankers could be a liquidity lever as the owner seeks a bridge to a fully recovered tanker market.

Sales would be a preferable alternative to a dilutive equity issue, Bugbee said in an investor session moderated by Jefferies lead shipping analyst Randy Giveans.