Diana Containerships Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Two Post-Panamax Container Vessels
ATHENS, GREECE, August 13, 2013 – Diana Containerships Inc. (NASDAQ: DCIX), a global shipping company specializing in owning and operating containerships, today announced that it has signed, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase from an unaffiliated third party two Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v “Puelo” and the m/v “Pucon”.
The m/v “Puelo” and m/v “Pucon” are both 2006-built vessels of approximately 6,500 TEU capacity. The purchase price for each vessel is US$47 million. The sellers are expected to deliver to the Company the m/v “Puelo” by the end of August, 2013 and the m/v “Pucon” in mid-September, 2013.
Each of the two vessels is chartered to Compania Sud Americana de Vapores S.A., Valparaiso, Chile, for a period of minimum eighteen (18) months to maximum thirty (30) months at a gross charter rate of US$27,900 per day less US$150.00 per day commission paid to third parties. In case either of the vessels is redelivered to the Company in any period between the earliest and the maximum redelivery period after delivery, then the charterers will pay a lump sum equivalent to US$6,000 per day to the owners for the outstanding period between the redelivery date and up to the 30 months. The time-charter parties for both vessels are to commence upon delivery of the vessels to the Company by the sellers.
Including the aforementioned vessels, Diana Containerships Inc.’s fleet will consist of 10 container vessels (2 Post-Panamax and 8 Panamax). A table describing the current Diana Containerships Inc. fleet can be found on the Company’s website, www.dcontainerships.com
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About the Company
Diana Containerships Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation founded in 2010 to own and operate containerships and pursue containership acquisition opportunities. Diana Containerships Inc. intends to continue to capitalize on investment opportunities by purchasing additional containerships in the secondhand market, from other companies, shipyards and lending institutions, and may also enter into newbuilding contracts with shipyards for new containerships.
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The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for containership capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.