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Belships expands fleet

(Posted on 03/09/19)

Belships ASA has agreed 7 year bareboat charters for two 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier newbuildings. The vessels will be delivered by a Japanese shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020.

The estimated cash breakeven for the Vessels upon delivery is about USD 11,000 per day including operational expenses. Belships ASA will pay a sum of USD 3 mill per Vessel prior to delivery. The agreements come with purchase options below current market values and can be exercised as from the fourth year until the end of the charter.

"We are very pleased to continue the growth and fleet renewal of the company with two vessels of the highest quality being delivered straight into a strong market." said Belships CEO, Lars Christian Skarsgård.

Following the transactions, the Belships fleet will count 22 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers, including the four newbuildings. Belships strategy going forward is to grow accretively as a fully integrated shipowner and operator of geared bulk carriers.

Belships ASA was founded in 1918 and has been listed at Oslo Bors since 1937. The company is a fully integrated shipowner and operator of geared bulk carriers.

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