Mercuria Energy Trading has jumped aboard the VLCC newbuilding bandwagon with an order for one vessel and a long-term charter on a second.

The 300,000-dwt tanker will be the giant trader’s first owned VLCC.

The order joins a surge in VLCC newbuilding contracts. Ray Car Carriers, DHT Holdings, Magni Partners, Dynacom Tankers, Sea Tankers and Capital Maritime & Trading have signed up for big tankers this year.