Pyxis Tankers, an Athens-based company listed on the Nasdaq, announced on Tuesday that it has sold two small tankers as it concentrates on operating an MR fleet.

The 8,600-dwt Northsea Alpha and Northsea Beta (both built 2010) fetched an aggregate $8.9m, Pyxis said, without identifying the buyers.

Broking sources in Athens believe the two Yangzhou Kejin Shipyard-built pair has been picked up by Asian interests.