International Seaways is poised to swoop on six MR tankers owned by US private equity player Wayzata Investment Partners in a deal valued at $238m, tanker market sources said on Friday.

The Lois Zabrocky-led shipowner is to take in the 51,700-dwt series in a deal that had market sources on both sides of the Atlantic buzzing.

New York-listed Seaways is set to take in the 2014-built Crystal Bay and Excelsior Bay, as well as the 2015-built Lafayette Bay, Saint Albans Bay, Jennings Bay and Harrison Bay, sources said.