Rio Grande Express Delivered on October 20, 2006
HONG KONG, CHINA – Oct. 20, 2006 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") (NYSE:SSW) today announced the delivery of its 18th contracted vessel, the Rio Grande Express. The 4250 TEU vessel, which was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., was delivered approximately three weeks ahead of its contractual delivery date.
The Rio Grande Express is the sixth of nine Seaspan vessels to be chartered to Hapag-Lloyd USA.
"We are very pleased to add the Rio Grande Express to our operating fleet," said Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan. "Its early delivery gives us 18 vessels in operation and will have a positive impact on our financial performance."
Seaspan owns containerships and charters them pursuant to long-term fixed-rate charters. Seaspan's fleet of 41 containerships consists of 18 existing containerships and 23 to be delivered over approximately the next three years.
Seaspan's common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSW".
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