Imperial Petroleum has acquired two secondhand tankers for an above-market total of $71m from sister tanker owners StealthGas and Stealth Maritime.

The New York-listed spinoff of StealthGas has bought StealthGas’ 113,000-dwt aframax tanker Stealth Haralambos (built 2009) and Stealth Maritime’s 50,700-dwt product tanker Aquadisiac (built 2008) with cash on hand.

Both vessels will be delivered charter-free by the end of January 2024.