Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. has confirmed the term of the fixed-rate time charters for the five 14000 TEU SAVER design container ships currently being constructed at CSBC Corporation will be extended to ten years with one two-year option, Seaspan Corporation announced in a release.
Two of these vessels previously have been allocated to Seaspan and three have been allocated to Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC (GCI) under the right of first refusal agreement among Seaspan, GCI and Blue Water Commerce LLC.
The option that Yang Ming held to purchase up to five 14000 TEU newbuilding vessels currently being constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries has expired, and therefore all five of these 14000 TEU newbuilding vessels will also be time chartered to Yang Ming for ten years with one two-year option.
Three of these vessels previously have been allocated to Seaspan and two have been allocated to GCI under the right of first refusal agreement.
Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan, said: “With today’s agreement, Yang Ming confirmed Seaspan will build and manage a total of 15 SAVER design vessels for Yang Ming under 10+2-year fixed-rate time charters.
This will further increase Seaspan’s contracted revenue stream, enhance its earnings power, and strengthen Seaspan’s relationship with one of the premier liner companies.”