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Avance: Consolidation urgent in spite of Dorian pool

The new VLGC pool between Dorian LNG and Phoenix does not change Avance's clear-cut goal of achieving consolidation among the biggest players, Avance CEO Christian Andersen tells ShippingWatch.

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The need for increased consolidation in the VLGC segment has not changed even though Dorian LNG and Phoenix Tankers - a subsidiary of Japanese MOL - will launch a pool collaboration for their major gas vessels, starting January 2015, the CEO of Norwegian Avance Gas, Christian Andersen, tells ShippingWatch after the American and Japanese-owned carriers announced their pool collaboration last week.

"I think it's very positive that we're seeing consolidation, and it's good to see Dorian LPG and Phoenix join forces in a pool collaboration. With Tim Hansen as head of chartering at Dorian, I'm confident that this will be a good collaboration. We've worked on the long-term toward consolidation among the bigger players in the business. A pool collaboration such as this one does not change our ambitions to secure further consolidation in terms of ownership," Christian Andersen tells ShippingWatch.

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