Norwegian shipowner and operator Torvald Klaveness and Japanese trading giant Marubeni collaborated to establish the world’s biggest panamax pool in shipping market. Newly established panamax pool is named Maruklav Management and will have offices in Oslo, Dubai and Singapore. Maruklav Management will operate 30 panamax bulk carriers at the beginning. Previously, in April 2019, these panamax bulk carriers were operated by Marubeni’s MG Harrison Shipping and Klaveness’ Baumarine pools. According to Torvald Klaveness and Marubeni, this joint-venture will merge the strengths of a major Japanese trading house and a long-term Norwegian shipowner and operator. Maruklav Management will enable outstanding flexibility and adaptation to the risk appetite of each individual shipowner. Maruklav Management will be led by Torvald Klaveness’ Michael Jorgensen with Marubeni’s Masashi Kobayashi as his deputy. Both Torvald Klaveness and Marubeni feel comfortable in the joint venture.
In near future, Maruklav Management, world’s biggest panamax pool, is planning to bring together seven or eight different shipowners, with a clear ambition of increasing both the number of shipowners and total pool volume. Maruklav Management goal is to manage 45 panamax bulk carriers by the end of 2020. According to Maruklav Management, machine-learning and research will help ship positioning. Furthermore, Maruklav Management is fully committed to provide the best service for all pool participants. According to Klaveness’ CEO Lasse Kristoffersen, Torvald Klaveness has been looking for a partner on pool business and have found a perfect match in Marubeni. Maruklav Management’s long-term vision is to challenge existing period structures and pool models. Therefore, Maruklav Management welcomes all shipowners in the shipping industry to cooperate around the existing and common challenges in shipping industry.
In 2019, Norwegian shipowner and operator Torvald Klaveness was in talks with potential partners to double its pool fleet, while reducing exposure to supramax bulk carriers.
Klaveness Chartering operates bulk carriers in panamax, kamsarmax and post-panamax segments. Through sister company Klaveness Combination Carriers, Klaveness Chartering operates twelve (12) combination carriers. By the end of 2021, Klaveness Chartering will operate a fleet of seventeen (17) combination carriers.