As the tanker world watched the clock count down towards and then pass the high-noon deadline Frontline imposed on DHT Holdings to respond to its latest takeover request, analysts at Clarksons Platou Securities expect Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen to be disappointed once again.

Frontline last night tabled its latest offer in its public pursuit of its rival and asked for a response by 12:00 in New York, where both companies have a stock listing, today.