Maritime Logistics Equity Partners (MLEP) has rapidly followed its debut in the chemical segment by snapping up a second pair of stainless-steel chemical tankers — and is starting a second, larger fund to buy more.

It paid an undisclosed price for the 20,000-dwt AS Olivia and AS Omaria (both built 2007), renamed Easterly AS Olivia and Easterly AS Omaria. The seller was Philippines-based Safemarine Corp, a subsidiary of Japanese shipowner Nisshin Kaiun.