Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Completes Acquisition of 13 Supramax Vessels
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Rhone, a Supramax newbuilding. The Genco Rhone is the final vessel to be delivered to the Company under Genco's agreement previously announced on June 25, 2010 to acquire 13 Supramax vessels from Setaf SAS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bourbon SA.
The Company also announced that it has reached an agreement to enter into a spot-market related time charter for the Genco Rhone with AMN Bulkcarriers Inc. for 11 to 13.5 months at a rate based on 102% of the average of the daily rates of the Baltic Supramax Index, or BSI, as reflected in daily reports. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears net of a 5% third party brokerage commission. Genco maintains the option to convert the balance of any period of this charter to a fixed rate based on the Baltic Supramax Index FFA values at 102%. The time charter for the Genco Rhone is expected to commence on or about March 30, 2011 and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation.
The Company used its available cash to pay the remaining balance of approximately $32.13 million for the Genco Rhone. On August 20, 2010, the Company entered into its previously announced $253 million senior secured term loan facility and intends to use the credit facility to refund a total of $21.5 million associated with the purchase of this vessel to the Company.
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