July 27, 2009
Ship Finance sells single hull VLCC
Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) today announced that it has agreed to sell the single-hull VLCC Front Duchess to an unrelated third party for net sales proceeds of $18.8 million.
Delivery to the new owner is expected to take place in September/October 2009, and Ship Finance will receive a net amount of approximately $16.0 million after compensation of approximately $2.8 million to Frontline for the termination of the current charter.
At the end of September 2009 there will be approximately $13.8 million in loans outstanding against the vessel, and the net cash effect to Ship Finance from the transaction is estimated to be approximately $2.2 million.
Following this sale, and excluding two vessels previously announced sold on hire/purchase terms, Ship Finance will have only five single-hull crude oil tankers remaining in the fleet.