Evangelos Marinakis’ LNG company Capital Gas has bought its first secondhand LNG carrier as sale-and-purchase interest in the sector picks up.

Market sources said Capital Gas has picked up the 138,000-cbm steam turbine Trader (ex-British Trader, built 2002) for between $26m and $28m.

They said it has been fixed out to Chinese charterers at a rate of about $160,000 per day.