Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Star Bulk) has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Ultramax bulk carriers, the M/V “Supra Challenger I ” and M/V “Supra Challenger II”, from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of $58.1 million.
The vessels have a carrying capacity of 61,462 deadweight tons each and were built in Japan by Imabari Shipbuilding Group, in November of 2012 and September of 2013 respectively. The vessels, to be renamed “Star Challenger” and “Star Fighter”, are expected to be delivered to Star Bulk in early December 2013 and by January 15th 2014 respectively.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Star Bulk will own 15 dry bulk vessels, consisting of 5 Capesize vessels, 2 Ultramax and 8 Supramax vessels with average age of 9.5 years.
The company also has a total of 9 vessels under order at high quality shipyards in Japan and China, consisting of 3 Newcastlemax, 2 Capesize and 4 Ultramax vessels with fuel – efficient specifications, with expected deliveries in 2015 and early 2016.
Press Release, November 19, 2013