EXMAR and BW Gas have reached an agreement to swap 2 of EXMAR’s “VLGC’s” ( Very Large Gas Carrier) against the “Midsize” Fleet of BW Gas.
The Vessels involved are:
Flanders Liberty – 84,597 CBM – built 2007
Flanders Loyalty – 84,631CBM – built 2008
BW Hugin – 35,000 CBM – built 2002
BW Helga – 35,058 CBM – built 1994
BW Hedda – 35,058 CBM – built 1993
BW Sombeke (50%) – 38,000 CBM – built 2006 (which results in Exmar holding 100% ownership)
The settlement will include a cash contribution of USD 35 million payable by BW Gas to EXMAR.
The vessels are scheduled to be delivered to their respective Owners between 15th August and 30th September 2011. The transfer of the VLGC’s goes together with the novation of time-charters to BW Gas, the midsize vessels will remain dedicated to existing North Sea LPG contract commitments to be further performed by EXMAR.
EXMAR has a proven track record in LPG shipping in general and wishes to dedicate its maritime gas expertise to support the future needs of the North Sea based LPG industry in particular.
This investment allows EXMAR to reinforce its focus on the “Midsize” LPG/NH3 segment as a core business. This transaction will generate a book loss of about USD 25 million that will be accrued for at 30th June 2011.
Source: EXMAR, July 18, 2011