Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has announced that it has taken delivery of the 181 325 DWT Capesize bulk carrier, built in 2012 by Imabari Shipbuilding Co. in Japan, which was renamed M/V Hellasship. The delivery of the M/V Hellasship is the first of the four Capesize acquisitions performed already in 2021.
The vessel has been fixed on a time charter (T/C) with NYK Line, a leading Japanese shipping company and operator. The T/C is expected to commence immediately, upon finalisation of the customary transition process and will have a term of minimum 11 to maximum 15 months from the delivery. The gross daily rate of the T/C is based at a premium over the Baltic Capesize Index (BCI).
Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“We are pleased to announce the well-timed delivery of our 12th cape vessel, during the strongest Capesize market of the last decade with spot rates standing currently above US$42 000/d. This delivery is the first of the four acquisitions we agreed so far in 2021, before the impressive surge in freight day rates and asset values. Needless to say, that our timing has been once again optimal.
“At the same time, we are glad to initiate a long-term commercial partnership with another leading charterer through M/V Hellasship’s period employment. The relationships we have established with first class charterers in the Capesize space attest to the operational quality of our fleet and management platforms.
“Currently, 92% of our fleet is employed under index-linked time charters allowing Seanergy’s earnings to be highly correlated with the performance of the Capesize index. We believe that Seanergy, as a pure-play Capesize owner, is best positioned to fully benefit from the strong earnings environment and increasing asset values.”