Maersk Tankers and Greek shipowners do not come across as the most natural of partners, but growing regulatory pressures and tough markets are prompting an unlikely partnership.

This year has seen several Athens-based owners entering tonnage into the Danish manager's pool which covers everything from intermediate tankers all the way up to LR2s.

"Greece is among the world's largest shipowning nations, and approximately 30% of the world’s tanker fleet is owned by Greek shipping companies," Maersk Tankers’ chief commercial officer Eva Birgitte Bisgaard told TradeWinds.