MR product tankers remain hotly sought after in the secondhand market, with a string of Japanese vessels put up for sale ahead of their special surveys.

Industry experts and databases point out that six MR tankers have been sold in the past two weeks, including four between nine and 10 years old.

Secondhand MR tanker deals since 24 July
Pioneer Express47,4002009Onomichi DockyardGreat Eastern ShippingNagashiki Shipping$16m
Team Tarantella46,8002002BrodotrogirUnknownTeam Tankersmore than $8m
New Breeze48,1002010Iwagi ZosenNordenShoei Kisen$16.8m
Eagle Express45,9002010Shin Kurushima Ujina DockyardUnion MaritimeChiba Shipping$16.5m
FPMC 2349,5002010STX Offshore & ShipbuildingAvin InternationalFormosa Plasticslow $15ms
Torm San Jacinto47,0002002Onomichi DockyardUnknownTorm$8m

Sources: VesselsValue, company and broking sources

Only one of those four, the 50,000-dwt FPMC 23 (built 2010), was constructed by a non-Japanese yard.