One of the largest Aframax tankers ever built will join Dakota Tankers in Rotterdam later this month.  The 116,093 deadweight metric tons, wide body, shallow drafted M/T Houston Star was built by the historic Universal Shipbuilding Corporation in Tsu, Japan where it was launched in 2007.  It ranks among the top 2% largest Aframaxes operating in the worldwide fleet and can lift more than 800,000 barrels of oil out of the U.S. Gulf.  The Vessel is operated by Athens-based Atlas Maritime who controls a mixed fleet of five tankers and bulkers with a total deadweight capacity more than one million metric tons.

Dakota Tankers manages a fleet of 12 primarily large, shallow drafted Aframax tankers on the historically volatile and robust Atlantic spot markets.