Athens-based shipowner Atlas Maritime has clinched benchmark long-term employment for an aframax it took delivery of last year.

Major charterer Phillips 66 has booked the 115,100-dwt Freeport Star (built 2023) for three years at $42,500 per day, according to market sources.

Historical data on the Clarksons and VesselsValue databases shows no other aframax crude carrier having been fixed at this level for such a period.