HONG KONG, CHINA – March 8, 2012 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of a 13100 TEU containership, the COSCO Excellence, on March 7, 2012. The new containership, which was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's first delivery in 2012 and expands the Company's operating fleet to 66 vessels.
The COSCO Excellence is on charter to COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. ("COSCON") under a twelve-year, fixed-rate time charter. The ship is the fifth of eight 13100 TEU sister ships and the 15th of a total of 18 vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to COSCON.
Seaspan is a leading independent charter owner and manager of containerships, which it charters primarily pursuant to long-term fixed-rate time charters to major container liner companies. Seaspan's contracted fleet of 72 containerships consists of 66 containerships in operation and six containerships scheduled for delivery through 2014. Seaspan's operating fleet of 66 vessels has an average age of approximately five years and an average remaining charter period of approximately seven years. All of the six vessels to be delivered to Seaspan are already committed to fixed-rate time charters between 10 and 12 years in duration from delivery. Seaspan's customer base consists of nine of the world's largest liner companies, including China Shipping Container Lines (Asia) Co., Ltd., Compania Sud Americana de Vapores S.A., COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd., Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and United Arab Shipping Company (S.A.G.).
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