US-BASED pool operator Penfield Marine has rebranded as Maersk Tankers.

Maersk Tankers acquired the company in January this year. The rebranding is part of an ongoing integration of the two companies.

The stated goal of the acquisition was to create a tanker company with “a unique reach”, offering pool partners a wider range of services.

“The combined company manages around 240 vessels, including approximately 45 vessels owned by affiliated companies,” Maersk Tankers said in a statement.

“Together, Maersk Tankers and Penfield Marine will leverage their complementary capabilities to offer a variety of solutions meeting the increasing demand on shipowners to deliver attractive returns and cut emissions.

“Cargo customers get access to a broader service range to cover their transportation needs within more segments.”

Maersk Tankers noted that Penfield pools will continue as Penfield Tankers for the time being, meaning that when vessels are fixed in the market, they will still be fixed with Penfield as counterpart.