Log In

Reset Password

SFL adds ships, pursues charters

Bermuda-based SFL Corporation Ltd has agreed to acquire two 14,000 TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent) container vessels in combination with charters to a leading container line.

SFL said: “The vessels are modern eco-design built in 2013 and 2014 with approximately 14,000 TEU carrying capacity, similar to four vessels in our fleet today.”

The company expects to take delivery of the new vessels in the third quarter. The purchase price was not disclosed.

SFL has already received financing indications at attractive terms and the balance will be funded by cash at hand.

The new vessels are employed on time charters until 2023 and 2024, respectively, and will be available for new charter opportunities thereafter.

The company expects to initiate discussions for new charters well in advance of expiry of the existing charters.

It said the EBITDA contribution from the two vessels was approximately $29 million per year, until expiry of existing charters.

At the beginning of 2018, SFL agreed to lease finance a fleet of 18 vintage feeder container vessels between 1,100 and 4,400 TEU to a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

The vessels are now 25 years old on average and MSC will exercise repurchase options for these vessels in the third quarter.

Net cash proceeds after repayment of associated debt is estimated to be approximately $40 million and will be reinvested in new assets, including the two 14,000 TEU container vessels.

Ole B Hjertaker, chief executive officer of SFL Management AS, said: "We are excited to add these 14,000 TEU container vessels to our fleet.

“Cash flow is immediate and we believe the timing for when the vessels will be open for new charters in 2023-2024 could prove to be very attractive.

“The acquisition of these modern eco-design container ships coincides with the disposal of older less efficient vessels and demonstrates our commitment to further improve our carbon footprint pursuant to our ESG strategy.”

SFL is one of the world’s largest ship-owning companies. Their fleet of more than 80 vessels is split between container vessels, bulkers, tankers and offshore drilling rigs. The company has paid dividends every quarter since its initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004.

SFL Corporation has agreed to acquire two 14,000 TEU container vessels in combination with charters to a leading container line (File photograph)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published August 05, 2021 at 11:08 am (Updated August 14, 2023 at 8:55 pm)

SFL adds ships, pursues charters

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon