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Marubeni and Klaveness combine forces to run panamax pool

Trading house Marubeni and shipowner Klaveness are merging their dry bulk panamax pool to create a fleet of approximately 30 ships, making it the world’s leading panamax pool operator.

A jointly owned pool management company, Maruklav Management Inc., will operate a Panamax Pool where data insights and analytics will be a main driver for decision making and positioning of the pool vessels.

“Every participant will not only benefit from improved earnings and market insights but will also have a manager taking care of their vessels for strong asset preservation over years of employment through the safe hands of our joint operations teams,” said Takeshi Hisatomi, general manager of Marubeni Corporation.

The combination of existing fleets in the MG Harrison Shipping and Baumarine Pools will see the venture with a fleet of approximately 30 vessels starting early April.

The two partners believe that their joint effort around data analytics, machine learning and research will facilitate correct positioning and allow the core chartering teams to optimise in terms of duration and direction at any given time.

Michael Jorgensen, senior vice president and head of dry bulk at Klaveness, said: “With this we will be able to deliver premium earnings and unique service offerings to vessel owners through the leveraging of data analytics throughout our operations, and in many ways act as a market manager to give them the full benefit of our market insights.”

Maruklav Management will be led by Jorgensen as managing director, with Masashi Kobayashi from Marubeni as deputy managing director.

The daily management of the pool activities will be run out of Klaveness’ offices in Oslo, Dubai and Singapore, where existing teams will be strengthened by existing Marubeni pool operations.

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