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Pool agreement signed: Nova Tankers is the name of the new market leading VLCC pool

01-12-2012 07:44 AM CET | Logistics & Transport

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The pool agreement governing the formation of a market leading VLCC pool has now been signed by the four partners. Morten Pilnov, Maersk Tankers, will be the Managing Director for Nova Tankers Pool. In this connection, the pool management company, Nova Tankers A/S, has been incorporated with Kazunori Nakai as Chairman.

The pool agreement governing the formation of a market leading VLCC pool has now been signed by the four partners MITSUI O.S.K. LINES, LTD. / PHOENIX TANKERS PTE. LTD., A.P. MØLLER - MÆRSK A/S (Maersk Tankers), SAMCO SHIPHOLDING PTE. LTD., and OCEAN TANKERS (PTE.) LTD., SINGAPORE.

Morten Pilnov is presently Head of Gas for Maersk Tankers, covering both Handy gas and VLGC. He brings with him extensive experience with pools from the gas segment and will take up the position immediately. Mr Pilnov has been with A.P. Moller- Maersk A/S for 12 years, including eight with Maersk Tankers.

Kazunori Nakai is the Executive Officer of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Ltd. Mr. Nakai will take up the position as chairman of the pool management company in addition to his normal responsibilities.

About Nova Tankers:
The VLCC Pool will operate a combined fleet of around 50 quality VLCCs by the end of 2012 with an average age of only 3 years. The flexibility of a large, young and reliable fleet ensures that the VLCC Pool can, at all times, offer relevant vessels of the highest standard to cater for our customers’ need for safe and environmentally friendly marine transportation.

The pool will become operational in early February and the first pool board meeting will be held in January 2012. Details for management structure and staff in charge for the pool will be announced later.


MOL is one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies, operating 861 vessels and employing a workforce in excess of 9,200 worldwide. MOL operates one of the largest and most diverse networks of liner and logistics services around the globe, including weekly Transpacific, Transatlantic, Americas and Asia-Europe services. Please visit the company’s website at

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