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Diana Containerships buys 2 panamaxers at US$30 million each from APL

NASDAQ-listed Diana Containerships has agreed to buy two Panamax 4,750-TEU vessels, the APL Sardonyx and the APL Spinel, from APL (Bermuda) Ltd, reports New York-based MarineLink.com.

Diana Containerships buys 2 panamaxers at US$30 million each from APL
11 January 2012 - 18:39

NASDAQ-listed Diana Containerships has agreed to buy two Panamax 4,750-TEU vessels, the APL Sardonyx and the APL Spinel, from APL (Bermuda) Ltd, reports New York-based MarineLink.com.

The APL Sardonyx is a 1995-built vessel while the APL Spinel was built in 1996 and reportedly sold for US$30 million each.

Each vessels is chartered to APL (Bermuda) Ltd or to a guaranteed nominee or to another entity of the NOL Group with similar or better net worth than APL (Bermuda) Ltd for a period of minimum 24 months plus or minus 45 days at a daily rate of $24,75.

The report said the charterer has the option to employ each vessel for a further 12-month period plus or minus 45 days at a daily rate of $24,750 starting 24 months after delivery of the vessel to the charterer. After that period, the charterer has the option to employ each vessel for a further 12 months plus or minus 45 days at a daily rate of $28,000 starting 36 months after delivery of the vessel to the charterer.

Options must be declared by the charterer not later than 20 months for the first option and 32 months for the second option after the delivery date to the charterer. Daily rates include a total commission of two per cent paid to third parties and Diana Shipping Services.

The employment of the two vessels is expected to generate $33.5 million of gross revenues for the minimum agreed period of the charters.
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