Maroussi, Athens, Greece - April 26, 2023
Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA, the "Company" or "Euroseas"), an owner and operator of container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced today charter extensions for its container vessels, M/V Kea and MV Hydra.
• M/V EM Kea, a 3,100 TEU vessel built in 2007, entered into a time charter contract extension for a period of thirty-six months, at a gross daily rate of $19,000. The new charter will commence in June 2023 immediately following the completion of its current charter.
• M/V EM Hydra, a 1,740 TEU vessel built in 2005, entered into a new time charter contract extension for a period of between a minimum of twelve and a maximum of fifteen months at the option of the charterer, at a gross daily rate of $15,000. The new charter will commence in May 2023 immediately following the completion of its current charter.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: "We are pleased to announce these two new charters which reflect the recent strengthening of the feeder containership markets and bring our charter coverage over the next 12 months in the range of 85-90%. It is noteworthy that the recent strengthening of the market for some segments has been in the range of 15-20% from the market turning point observed about 3 months ago. Especially for our M/V Kea, the three-year charter we concluded at $19,000/day is higher than our previously expected level for the vessel. The two vessels combined secure in excess of $24m of net charter revenues and contribute in excess of $13m of EBITDA during the period of the charter extensions."
After the new charter arrangements of M/V EM Hydra and M/V EM Kea, the Euroseas Ltd. fleet and employment profile will be as follows:
(**) The CONTEX (Container Ship Time Charter Assessment Index) has been published by the Hamburg and Bremen Shipbrokers' Association (VHBS) since October 2007. The CONTEX is a company-independent index of time charter rates for container ships. It is based on assessments of the current day charter rates of six selected container ship types, which are representative of their size categories: Type 1,100 TEU and Type 1,700 TEU with a charter period of one year, and the Types 2,500, 2,700, 3,500 and 4,250 TEU all with a charter period of two years.
(***) Rate is net of commissions (commissions are typically 5-6.25%)
About Euroseas Ltd.
Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 140 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker ESEA.
Euroseas operates in the container shipping market. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.
The Company has a fleet of 18 vessels, including 11 Feeder and 7 Intermediate containerships. Euroseas 18 containerships have a cargo capacity of 56,061 teu. On a fully-delivered basis of its vessels under construction, the Company's fleet will increase to 26 containerships with a cargo capacity of about 75,461 teu.
Euroseas Ltd. Press Release