CSCL Lima Commences 12-Year Time Charter
HONG KONG, CHINA – Oct. 16, 2008 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of the CSCL Lima, a 2500 TEU newbuilding. The new containership, which was constructed by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., expands Seaspan's current operating fleet to 33 vessels with 35 remaining newbuildings to be delivered over approximately the next three years. The CSCL Lima was delivered on October 13, 2008, approximately twenty weeks ahead of the original contracted delivery date.
The CSCL Lima is subject to a time charter with China Shipping Container Lines (Asia) Co., Ltd. for a twelve-year period. CSCL Asia is a subsidiary of China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd., the world's eighth largest liner company in terms of shipping capacity. Under the terms of the fixed-rate time charter, CSCL Asia is responsible for fuel costs and all cargo operating and related expenses.
Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan, commented, "We are pleased to have accepted delivery of our fourth newbuilding this year and to have commenced another long-term time charter. We continue to provide modern tonnage chartered to leading liner companies at a price point we believe is beneficial for both the charterer and Seaspan over the long-term. We believe Seaspan's business model remains resilient and well-suited to withstand near and medium-term volatility and to support our dividend policy. Despite a challenging economic and credit environment, we continue to grow our sizeable contracted revenue stream with revenue from high credit quality counterparties."
Seaspan owns containerships and charters them pursuant to long-term fixed-rate charters. Seaspan's contracted fleet of 68 containerships consists of 33 containerships in operation and 35 containerships to be delivered over approximately the next three years. Seaspan's operating fleet of 33 vessels has an average age of approximately five years and an average remaining charter period of approximately seven years. All of the 35 vessels to be delivered to Seaspan are already committed to long-term time charters averaging approximately 11 years in duration from delivery. Seaspan's customer base consists of seven of the world's largest, publicly traded liner companies, including China Shipping Container Lines, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, COSCO Container Lines, K-Line and CSAV.
Seaspan's common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSW".
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