StealthGas παραγγελίες και πάλι


H StealthGas έχει προσθέσει μέχρι έξι πλοία μεταφοράς υγροποιημένου φυσικού αερίου (LPG) στο βιβλίο παραγγελιών της, ενώ ακυρώνει προσφορές για δύο νέα πλοία στην Κορέα.

StealthGas orders again


Greece’s StealthGas has added up to six more LPG carriers to its orderbook, while tearing up deals for two Korean newbuildings.

Harry Vafias

Harry Vafias

The Nasdaq-listed company confirmed a contract first reported by TradeWinds for two 22,000-cbm vessels at Hyundai Mipo for delivery in the first quarter of 2017.

The deal comes with two options attached.

It also said it would bank a total refund of instalments paid to STX in Korea for a pair of cancelled 5,000-cbm vessels, two of four on order at the yard.

The company is replacing these ships with a 7,500-cbm eco-vessel, believed to be being built by Murakami Hide of Japan for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, plus a 7,200-cbm unit at an unnamed different Japanese yard for hand-over in the third quarter of that year.

The company told TradeWinds the cancellations were merely a commercial decision and stressed its relationship with the yard is “very solid.”

It has paid $83m in deposits for 17 LPG vessels it has on order and expects to find the remaining costs of $038m from loans and cash.

“The company has concluded negotiations with banks for firm commitments to finance 13 of these vessels for an amount up to $171m, and is in discussions with financial institutions for additional bank finance of approximately $96m for the remaining vessels, including the four newbuilding vessels whose acquisitions were announced today,” it said.

The deals bring its total assets to $1.05bn.

CEO Harry Vafias said: “We are very excited to announce the ordering of new-generation 22,000-cbm semi-refrigerated eco LPG carriers in one of the best yards in the world that will complement well our leading pressurised fleet.”

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