rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Seatankers Hires Investment Chief, Invites Outside Capital

© cmp klink /

Seatankers, the powerful holding company of Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, said on Thursday it had hired a veteran fund manager to broaden the group's portfolio and bring in outside capital in a new unit.

Vegard Soeraunet, until recently an investment director at Norway's ODIN Fund Management, will be in charge of "long-term and active ownership" outside of Seatankers's shipping and offshore oil services industries, the company said.

"Getting the opportunity to take this to the next level with a new structure under Seatankers, is a great opportunity," Soeraunet said in a statement.

It was the second key appointment at Seatankers in recent days following the August 28 naming of a hedge fund manager as its new chief executive.

While Fredriksen initially built his fortune from shipping, controlling oil tanker group Frontline and dry bulk operator Golden Ocean, he has since expanded into fish farming, real estate and other businesses.

"Seatankers holds a lot of expertise and gets access to many interesting investment opportunities and even though we always have a lot of free capital available, there are many good opportunities we must let go," said Kathrine Fredriksen, one of founder John Fredriksen's two daughters.

"The idea is that we take advantage of this, in the new company, opening up for external capital," she said.

Seatankers will continue to build its investment team and establish long-term structures until the end of 2020, the company added.

John Fredriksen, 76, last year told Norwegian media he could seek outside investors to take larger stakes in some of his companies and could even relinquish control of some operations.

In addition to Frontline and Golden Ocean, Seatankers is the top shareholder of fish farmer Mowi, real estate group Norwegian Property and oil rig operator Seadrill, among others.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

Sep 3, 2020


People & Company News

Charting Terradepth's Big Ambitions in the Unmanned Vehicle Space

The Terradepth leapfrog concept. Graphic from Terradepth.

Ocean mapping at scale is the target of a new unmanned systems player started by two ex-US Navy

Maersk Training Launches Training Management App

Scott Taylor, Maersk Training UK Head of Commercial (Photo: Maersk)

Maersk Training in the UK announced the launch of its upgraded Training Management Solution (TMS)

KPI OceanConnect Appoints Managing Director for Its Hamburg Office

Boris Gronenberg (Photo: KPI OceanConnect)

Marine fuels services provider KPI OceanConnect announced Tuesday it has appointed industry expert


Sri Lanka Seeks at Least $1.9 Million from Owner of Fire-hit Tanker

(Photo: Sri Lanka Navy)

Sri Lanka is seeking at least 340 million rupees ($1.9 million) from the owner of the stricken oil

Sovcomflot Targets at Least $500 Million in Moscow IPO

(Photo: Sovcomflot)

Sovcomflot plans to raise at least $500 million in an initial public offering (IPO) on the Moscow

GasLog's New LNG Carrier Starts Sea Trials

The Samsung-built GasLog Georgetwon starts sea trials off the coast of South Korea (Photo: GasLog)

Greek shipowner GasLog announced Monday its newest liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier HN2300

Maritime Apps