A red-hot tanker market has begun attracting Turkish shipowners not associated with such ships before.

An MR vessel reported sold by Celsius Shipping two months ago has now emerged in the fleet of an Istanbul-based company so far known to be active in bulkers, gas carriers and passenger ships only.

The firm in question is Manta Denizcilik, which market sources in Istanbul identify as the new owner of the 50,100-dwt Celsius Richmond (built 2010).