Crude Carriers Corp. announces delivery of its second vessel M/T "MILTIADISM II"
Crude Carriers Corp., announced yesterday that it has taken delivery of the M/T "Miltiadis M II", a 2006 built, high specification, Ice Class 1A Suezmax tanker with deadweight capacity of 162,397mt. The vessel has been transferred to Crude Carriers with the balance of its current voyage charter to Shell Trading & Shipping Co. with a remaining period of approximately 10 days.
The M/T "Miltiadis M II" is the second of the three vessels comprising the Company"s initial fleet and was acquired at a purchase price of $71.25 million. The vessel was built in 2006 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., in Korea to include high specification features, such as Ice 1A notation (capacity to navigate ice with a thickness of 0.8 meters or less), a bow thruster and controllable pitch propeller resulting in increased maneuvering capacity and fully coated cargo tanks which enable the vessel to transport or store clean petroleum products. According to industry data, a total of four Suezmax vessels with similar features have been built to date.
The remaining vessel, the M/T "Achilleas", a newbuilding Very Large Crude Carrier (?VLCC?) currently under construction at Universal Shipbuilding Corporation in Japan, is expected to be delivered at the end of June 2010.
In addition. Crude Carriers today announced the employment of the M/T ?Alexander the Great?, on a voyage charter to Shell Trading & Shipping Co. linked to the Baltic Dirty Tanker Route 3 (?TD3?) commencing on delivery of the vessel from the shipyard with an approximate duration of 45 days.
Crude Carriers took delivery of M/T ?Alexander the Great?, a newly built VLCC from Universal Shipbuilding Corporation at the Ariake Shipyard in Japan on Friday, March 26, 2010.
Evangelos Marinakis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crude Carriers commented: ?We are pleased to have taken delivery of the second vessel from our initial fleet promptly after the delivery of ?Alexander the Great? and shortly after completion of our IPO. Both vessels are trading currently with Shell Trading & Shipping Co., which underlines our ability to employ our vessels on attractive spot related charters with oil majors. We believe Crude Carriers is well positioned to give investors exposure to the crude tanker spot market.?