Star Bulk Carriers Corp. was incorporated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on December 13, 2006 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Star Maritime. It provides transportation of drybulk commodities through its vessel-owning subsidiaries for a range of customers of bulk cargoes including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer. The Company owns and operates a fleet of 17 vessels consisting of five Capesize drybulk carriers, two Post Panamax drybulk carriers, two Ultramax drybulk carriers and eight Supramax drybulk carriers with an average age of 8.9 years and a combined cargo carrying capacity of approximately 1,610,935 dwt. Its fleet carries a variety of drybulk commodities including coal, iron ore, and grains, or bulks, as well as bauxite, phosphate, fertilizers and steel products, or minor bulks. It currently has ten vessels that it consider to be employed in the spot market due to the short duration of their current charter agreements, six of its vessels on medium to long term charters scheduled to expire in June 2014, August 2014, November 2015 and June 2016 and one vessel under its periodic dry-docking survery. In addition to its owned fleet, the Company has also entered into agreements for the construction of eleven drybulk carriers. It also provide commercial and technical management services to five Capesize drybulk carriers, two Post Panamax drybulk carriers, two Kamsarmax drybulk carriers, two Panamax drybulk carriers and three Supramax drybulk carriers. As of March 20, 2014, its vessels were chartered as follows: Rio Tinto for Star Aurora, international companies for Star Big and Star Mega, Glocal Maritime Ltd for Star Sirius and Star Vega, Noble Chartering Inc. BVI for Star Polaris and Star Borealis, Cargill for Star Gamma and Star Kappa, MUR Shipping B.V for Star Delta, S. Refined Success Ltd. for Star Cosmo, EDF Man Shipping for Star Omicron, Hyundai Glovis Co Ltd for Star Fighter, Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. Seoul for Star Challenger, Mandarin Marine Co Ltd for Star Theta, TRI-NET (Japan) Inc. for Star Zeta. It competes with other owners of drybulk carriers. The Company is subject to international conventions and treaties, national, state and local laws and regulations in force in the countries in which its vessels operates or registered.