First Vessel for Coscon and Eighth Vessel for Hapag-Lloyd USA are Delivered
HONG KONG, CHINA – March 29, 2007 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") (NYSE:SSW) today announced the delivery of its 25th and 26th vessels, the Cosco Fuzhou and the Rio de Janeiro Express.
The 3500 TEU Cosco Fuzhou was delivered on March 27, 2007 from Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. ("Zhejiang") in China. The vessel was delivered approximately four weeks after its contractual delivery date after consultation with Seaspan and the vessel's charterer. The Cosco Fuzhou is the first of two Seaspan vessels to be chartered for twelve years to Cosco Container Lines Co., Ltd. ("Coscon"), a subsidiary of China Cosco Holdings Co., Ltd., a major publicly traded container transport company and the world's seventh-largest liner shipping company in terms of capacity.
The 4250 TEU Rio De Janeiro Express, which was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., was delivered on March 28, 2007, approximately three weeks ahead of its contractual delivery date. This vessel is the eighth of nine Seaspan vessels to be chartered to Hapag-Lloyd USA, a subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG, the world's fifth-largest liner company.
"After many years of discussions, we are very excited to officially begin working with Coscon," said Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan. "We hope that this is the start of a long cooperation with this major liner operator."
"We are also pleased to take delivery of our eighth vessel for charter to Hapag-Lloyd USA," continued Mr. Wang. "This event is another positive step in the development of our relationship with one of Europe's largest shipping lines."
Seaspan owns containerships and charters them pursuant to long-term fixed-rate charters. Seaspan's fleet of 41 containerships consists of 26 existing containerships and 15 to be delivered over approximately the next three years. The 15 vessels that Seaspan has contracted to purchase are already committed to long-term time charters ranging from 10 to 12 years. Seaspan's operating fleet of 26 vessels has an average age of about five years with an average remaining charter period of about eight years. Seaspan's customer base consists of five of the largest liner companies, including China Shipping Container Lines, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Hapag-Lloyd and Cosco Container Lines.
Seaspan's common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSW".
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