China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) is poised to expand its aframax tanker orderbook at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC).

The Shanghai-listed company, which currently has one 115,000-dwt crude carrier on order at the state-owned yard, is said to be signing up for two more newbuildings there, lifting the order tally to three.

Shipbuilding sources said Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry, a subsidiary of DSIC, will be constructing CMES’ latest two aframax tankers.