Traditional owners are more likely to stay with two of Odfjell pools, company chief executive Harald Fotland said, after reporting a series of defections last week, including seven more ships to Hafnia.

But another Bergen chemical tanker player — Hansa Tankers, led by Hans Solberg — even expects to see new members for its spot-market-focused pools.

The two owners and pool operators are reporting different reactions among their partners to the strengthened market in the segment.