Shipowner Diana Shipping said Tuesday its recently established container ship unit, Diana Containerships, chartered out its first two box vessels.
The 3,400-TEU vessel Sagitta was chartered to Maersk Line for a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 12 months at a gross daily rate of $16,000.
A sistership, Centaurus, is employed on a charter with Hapag-Lloyd at a daily rate of $8,400 for between 30 and 60 days.
At the end of the charter with the German carrier, the ship will leased to Chile’s CSAV for about 24 months at a daily rate of $20,000.
NYSE-listed Diana Shipping, which paid $50 million for a 55 percent stake in Diana Containerships, said the two vessels are expected to generate approximately $18 million in gross revenue over the period of the charters.
Diana Containerships paid around $45.5 million each for the ships, which were built by Germany Blohm + Voss Nordweewerke shipyard.
A second NYSE-listed Greek bulk ship-owner, Paragon Shipping, also chartered out two recently acquired container ships, for which it paid $49 million each.
The two 3,400-TEU sisterships, Box Trader and Box Voyager, will start two-year charters with CSAV in mid-August and early September.
Paragon said the ships had been chartered on “favourable terms that will secure substantial revenue.”
Diana Shipping and Paragon Shipping are the most prominent Greek tanker and bulk shipowners diversifying into container vessels to take advantage of rising charter rates.
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