Zodiac Maritime has secured front cover for another of its crude tankers, taking advantage of the strong time charter market amid historic floating storage demand.

The London-based operator fixed out the 297,085-dwt Blue Nova (built 2011) to US oil company Hess for nine months at more than $100,000 per day, one of the strongest period charter rates in recent weeks, market sources said.

The ship is reported to be delivered in north-western Europe.