HONG KONG, CHINA – Oct. 25, 2010 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today the delivery of its 54th and 55thvessels, the COSCO Thailand and the Brotonne Bridge.
The 8500 TEU COSCO Thailand, which was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., was delivered on October 15, 2010. The COSCO Thailand is on charter to COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. ("COSCON") of China under a twelve-year, fixed-rate time charter. It is the sixth of eight 8500 TEU sister ships and the eighth of a total of eighteen vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to COSCON.
The Brotonne Bridge, a 4500 TEU vessel delivered on October 25, 2010, was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. It is on charter to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. ("K-Line") of Japan under a twelve-year, fixed-rate time charter. The Brotonne Bridge is the first of five 4500 TEU sister ships and the third of a total of seven Seaspan vessels to be chartered to K-Line.
Seaspan owns containerships and charters them pursuant to primarily long-term fixed-rate charters. Seaspan's contracted fleet of 69 containerships consists of 55 containerships in operation and 14 containerships to be delivered over approximately the next 18 months. Seaspan's operating fleet of 55 vessels has an average age of approximately four years and an average remaining charter period of approximately seven years. All of the 14 vessels to be delivered to Seaspan are already committed to primarily long-term time charters averaging approximately 12 years in duration from delivery. Seaspan's customer base consists of eight of the world's largest liner companies, including A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, China Shipping Container Lines (Asia) Co., Ltd., Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G.
Seaspan's common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSW".
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