Seaspan Corporation announced today that it has signed long-term, fixed-rate time charter contracts with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (“Yang Ming”) for the five 14000 TEU class newbuilding containerships Seaspan previously announced are to be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. pursuant to shipbuilding contracts entered into during July 2013. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
Seaspan also announced that it has entered into commitments with CSBC Corporation Taiwan (“CSBC”) to have constructed and to acquire five additional 14000 TEU class containerships for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $550 million. Concurrently with this newbuilding commitment, Seaspan signed a binding letter of intent with Yang Ming to enter into long-term, fixed-rate time charter contracts for these five vessels. Seaspan expects to complete definitive time charter contracts with Yang Ming and definitive shipbuilding contracts with CSBC shortly. These vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2016.
Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman, and Co-Founder of Seaspan, commented, “We are pleased to partner with Yang Ming, one of the premiere liners in the industry, to place one of the largest recent newbuilding orders and to entrust our technical teams with building and managing their flagships as they modernize their fleet. This order demonstrates our ability to draw upon our financial strength and deep technical and operational expertise to place large scale orders that realize economies of scale for our customers and deliver accretive growth to our shareholders. With this order, our managed fleet including both Seaspan and GCI newbuilds on order, is closing in on 100 ships.”
These latest ten 14000 TEU class newbuilding containerships, which will be constructed using Seaspan’s fuel efficient SAVER design, remain subject to allocation in relation to the right of first refusal agreement with Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC, an investment vehicle established by Seaspan, an affiliate of global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, and Blue Water Commerce, LLC. Seaspan intends to fund construction of its portion of these newbuilding containerships initially with a portion of the proceeds of its previous Series D preferred share offering and, subsequently over the next few quarters, with debt financing. Seaspan is considering various sources of debt financing to which it has access.
Seaspan’s commercial arrangements allow Yang Ming to reduce the number of newbuilding containerships to be delivered to Seaspan and chartered to Yang Ming by five vessels (subject to the effect of the right of first refusal described above).
Seaspan, August 13, 2013