Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, containerships and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that it sold for scrap one of the oldest container vessels in its fleet, the M/V Jonathan P, a 1,932 teu gearless containership built in 1990. Monday, 19.Mar.2012, 22:12 (GMT+3)
Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, containerships and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that it sold for scrap one of the oldest container vessels in its fleet, the M/V Jonathan P, a 1,932 teu gearless containership built in 1990.
The Company will take a book loss of approximately $8.8 million as a result the sale. The vessel has been delivered to her new owners.
Furthermore, the Company announced that one of its subsidiaries has extended the time charter agreement of M/V Tasman Trader, a 22,568 dwt and 950 teu 1990 built multipurpose vessel, for about one-year period at a gross daily rate of $8,600. The new charter commenced on March 17, 2012. Further to its charter extension, the vessel has been renamed M/V Anking.
Finally, the Company announced that its joint venture, Euromar LLC (â€śEuromarâ€ť), signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V MOL Volta, a geared containership of 28,917 dwt. The vessel, to be renamed EM Ithaki, is expected to be delivered not later than May 20, 2012.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: â€śWith containership prices having again reached their all time lows we believe it makes sense to replace older vessels in our fleet with more modern ones. In that respect we have scrapped the Jonathan P which had been idle for the last 3 months and intend to invest the proceeds in purchasing more modern vessels either directly within Euroseas, or, by expanding the size of our Euromar joint venture, which, as we also announced today, has agreed to buy its ninth vessel.
We are also very pleased to announce the extension for one more year of our long cooperation with the charterers of our multipurpose vessel, M/V Tasman Trader. This charter extension will generate more than $3m of revenues for us over the next twelve months enhancing our cash flows during a challenging year for the containership sector. Overall, we remain focused on our effort to conservatively grow the company and create superior returns for our shareholders.â€ť