Wilson and Arkon Shipping have agreed to combine parts of their operations and create one of the largest shortsea bulk shipping players in Europe.

Bergen, Norway-headquartered Wilson will take about 20 dry bulk carriers on a long-term lease from Arkons’ represented coaster fleet, including state of the art Hanse Eco newbuildings, which will be delivered in approximately two years time.

Wilson will take on all contracts and client commitments currently performed by Arkon. As an exclusive commercial representative Arkon will become an integrated part of Wilsons chartering system and handle export fixtures for the whole Wilson fleet in the Mediterranean.

The agreement is be subject to approval from the relevant authorities but is expected to be sanctioned in the second half of this year, with start-up slated to commence on September 1, 2020 at the earliest.

As a result of the deal, Wilson will operate a fleet of more than 130 ships.