Seaspan's growing order book
The Hong Kong-based Seaspan Corporation, an affiliate of the Atlas Corporation, is planning to acquire more newbuilds. Its agreement with "a major shipyard" that was not specified, includes the order of four 7,700 teu dual-fuel liquefied natural gas containerships. The vessels are to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2024 and will enter into long-term charters with a global carrier.
Seaspan explained the financial benefits: "The charters include purchase obligations at the conclusion of the charter terms, and will contribute approximately USD 0.95 billion of gross contracted cash flow." The transaction remains subject to certain closing conditions.
Currently, Seaspan is the largest global lessor of containerships with an operating fleet of 132 vessels and an additional 67 vessels under construction. (sh)