On the sidelines of the Shipping 2015 conference in Stamford industry veteran Jerry Lichtblau said he is confident that the segment will remain strong throughout the rest of 2015.

When asked which corner of the tanker market looks particularly promising the forecaster singled out suezmaxes as the type of tonnage that will continue to exceed expectations.

Today, suezmaxes fixed to carry crude from West Africa to Europe were commanding roughly $47,000 per day on average in the spot market, according to Clarkson Capital Markets.