Gunnar Eliassen has resigned as a director of John Fredriksen’s Seatankers Management after seven years as a close advisor to the shipping tycoon.

Eliassen joined the private shipowning and investment arm of the Fredriksen empire in 2016.

He did not give a reason for his departure but told Norwegian media: “I have had seven wonderful years with John and Seatankers.

“I am very grateful for this time — both for the tasks and the trust I have received.