December 30 - Ocean Yield has agreed to certain amendments to the agreements with Höegh Autoliners for four PCTC vessels on long-term charter.
Ocean Yield currently has two newbuilding PCTC vessels, with 8,500 ceu capacity, under construction at China's Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. The vessels are part of a series of six vessels, with Höegh ordering four and Ocean Yield two.
Upon delivery, the vessels will be chartered out to Höegh on 12-year bareboat charters.
Ocean Yield has agreed to sell its two vessels to Höegh and acquire two newbuilding sister vessels with earlier delivery dates from Höegh. The vessels are expected to be delivered in February and May 2016, following a delay in the original newbuilding schedule.
New charter agreements have been entered into between Ocean Yield and Höegh for these vessels for periods of 12 years. The sale and purchase of vessels will generate a positive cash effect of USD15.6 million for Ocean Yield in 2016, said the company.
Ocean Yield has also agreed with Höegh that the charter rates for the two newbuilding 8,500 ceu vessels and the two 6,500 ceu vessels - Höegh Jacksonville and Höegh Jeddah - will be changed from a fixed interest rate basis to floating interest rate basis.