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Tank ship orders headed toward five-year record

The purchasing interest on the tank market for the segment from 27,500 dwt and above is so massive that 2013 looks set to become the most active year for newbuildings since 2008. The first half of the year already surpassed 2012 as a whole, according to McQuilling.

American analysts McQuilling compares shipowners' interest in ordering tankers to women shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York: It takes a great deal to put a damper on the desire to shop, and one could in fact say that even though a financial crisis is raging, the shopping continues at full force.

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