US-listed shipowner SFL Corp has the financial firepower to pursue more acquisitions.

The John Fredriksen-owned company has bought two container ships for charter to Maersk, and a car carrier, in the last two months.

The sale-and-leaseback specialist had $179m of cash and cash equivalents at 30 September.

Chief executive Ole Hjertaker said: “Our full-service time-charter offering and energy efficiency initiatives across the fleet have given us the opportunity to do multiple repeat transactions with several of our industry-leading counterparties.”