Jeppe Jensen has again taken Celsius Shipping into new territory with the purchase of an LR2 tanker from Interorient, brokers say.

While the deal sees Celsius enter the sub-sector, Interorient will exit the niche with the sale of what is its largest tanker.

Shipbrokers have this week reported the 114,000-dwt Southern Spirit (built 2009) changing hands in a transaction priced at $22.5m or more.

Now Celsius is being named as the buyer of the Chinese-built tanker in a swoop that would take its product tanker fleet to nine units less than a year after entering.

Its first transaction came as Lego-linked Kirk Kapital sold out of shipping and involved handysize and medium range tankers.

The LR2 space is just the latest in a line of new arena for Celsius, which started out as a chemical tanker player in 2013.

Moves into dry cargo, LPG, LNG and product tankers have followed with a fleet of well over 40 trading vessels and newbuildings secured to date.

Brokers say Celsius has been keen to add exposure to larger product tanker segments, while Interorient is simply adjusting its book.

Interorient had been trading the Southern Spirit in a Navig8 pool.

The ship is the only LR2 in its wider fleet of more than 30 bulkers and tankers.

Officials at both Celsius and Interorient were unavailable for comment at the time of writing today.