Athens, Greece - June 07, 2018 (Globe Newswire)
TOP Ships Inc. (the "Company"), an international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products, announced today that it has agreed to enter into time charter employment with a major oil company for its two Suezmax vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho, South Korea, with Hull numbers S874 and S875 (the "Vessels").
The Vessels will be employed for a firm period of 36 months plus two additional 12 month periods, at the charterer's option, starting upon the Vessels' deliveries expected to take place in April 2019 and May 2019. The revenue backlog expected to be generated by this fixture, assuming all options are exercised, is about $96 million.
The Company had previously entered into charter agreements with a related party for the Vessels. The related party consented to be replaced by the new charterer, which was secured by the company's CEO.
Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said:
"We are very happy to have entered into this fixture for our very high specification scrubber fitted Suezmax vessels. Our strategy of acquiring very high quality tonnage has once again been embraced by top quality charterers. Due to their scrubbers, these vessels have achieved daily rates that are above the current market thereby giving us a payback on investment for scrubbers in less than 2 years. These charters will significantly facilitate the financing of the vessels due to the charter duration, the rate and the quality of the counterparty. Total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of operating vessels as of June 7, 2018 is about $177 million, increasing to about $192 million when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels."
Top Ships Inc. press release