It's 2021. And we are excited to start it with 21 new pool partners.
Our global partnerships translated to a 28% jump in the number of vessels under our commercial management in 2020-2021. Most notably, we saw a promising rise in pool partners from the Middle East and East Asia.
We are thrilled to welcome all our new partners. We are especially delighted by this surge as it comes at the back of what has been a very unusual and rocky year. It is a testimony to the staying power of pools how they continue to buffer against shocks and provide a platform for open dialogue and learning.
Our joint Cargill-Maersk Tankers MR pool has been the main driving force behind the overall expansion, with more owners and vessels expected to join in the coming weeks.
In a first, and ahead of schedule, the MR pool surpassed the 100-vessel mark (a target originally set for 2022). Gotland Carolina, pictured above, is one of its latest entries.
The Maersk Tankers business model hinges on optimizing vessel performance and affording partners maximum value returns, including the ease of flexible entry and exit.
We look forward to a close, long-term collaboration with all our new partners. Welcome on board.
About Maersk Tankers
Maersk Tankers is a leading player in the product tanker industry, operating one of the largest fleets of vessels and employing 3,000 employees worldwide. Established in 1928, Maersk Tankers has more than nine decades of experience and expertise in commercial and technical vessel management, providing partners with solutions that generate greater economic and environmental performance and customers with safe, efficient and flexible services.