HONG KONG, CHINA – Oct. 10, 2006 /CNW/ – Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") (NYSE:SSW) announced today that Barry R. Pearl has been appointed to its board of directors effective today.
Mr. Pearl retired at the end of 2005 as the president and chief executive officer of TEPPCO Partners, L.P., one of the largest publicly traded pipeline limited partnerships in the United States. Mr. Pearl joined TEPPCO in 2001 as president and chief operating officer and was promoted to his most recent position in 2002. Prior to joining TEPPCO, he served as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Maverick Tube Corporation. Before joining Maverick, Mr. Pearl was vice president of operations, senior vice president of business development and planning, and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline Partners, L.P. from 1984 to 1998. He also served as vice president and general manager of Calnev Pipeline Company from 1982 to 1984, which at the time was owned by Champlin Petroleum Company. Mr. Pearl began his career at Champlin in 1974.
"I am delighted to welcome Barry Pearl to the board of Seaspan Corporation," said Kyle Washington, Chairman of the Board of Seaspan. "Barry's vast experience in the operating and financial management of master limited partnerships will bring additional depth to our board and give us added insight into the best practices followed by these comparable investment vehicles."
Mr. Pearl has also been appointed to Seaspan's Audit Committee replacing Peter Lorange.
Seaspan owns containerships and charters them pursuant to long-term fixed-rate charters. Seaspan's fleet of 37 containerships consists of 17 containerships already delivered and 20 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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