Global Ship Lease, Inc. announced that it had completed the sale of its 1997-built, 4,113 TEU containership, Ville d’Orion, following redelivery from its previous charter.
The vessel was sold for $328.25 per ldt, for estimated net proceeds of $4.5 million.
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, “With the sale of our two oldest vessels, Global Ship Lease’s 18-vessel fleet is now fully contracted through at least late 2017. This provides us with complete insulation from the volatile spot market, while our $800 million of contracted revenue and weighted average remaining lease term of 4.9 years position us well to generate strong, predictable cash flows. At the same time, we are focused on further capitalizing on cyclically low asset values by pursuing additional charter-attached vessel acquisitions, expanding our ability to pay a stable, growing dividend and creating long-term value for our shareholders.”
At December 10, 2015, Global Ship Lease owns 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, of 11.3 years. All 18 vessels are fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with CMA CGM. The average remaining term of the charters is 4.6 years or 4.9 years on a weighted basis.