A frantic day of fixing has lifted spot VLCC rates even further as charterers drain the pool of quality vessels.

Nine big tankers were booked on Tuesday, as cargo owners sought to line up ships for early December dates.

Data from pool operator Tankers International shows Zodiac Maritime’s 320,000-dwt scrubber-fitted Red Nova (built 2013) booked on subjects from the US Gulf to northern Europe by Phillips 66.