Tanker owners are “dirtying up” LR product carriers to cash in on booming aframax rates.

UK shipbroker Howe Robinson Partners is quoting a trip from Covenas in Colombia to Corpus Christi in Texas at a whopping $199,000 per day for a 70,000-dwt crude oil cargo.

Jens Christophersen, executive vice president of commercial at Singapore-headquartered owner Hafnia, said: “LR2s have already started dirtying up lately.”