FEBRUARY 26, 2015 — Philly Tankers, which is majority owned by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with the shipyard. The charters will commence after delivery of the vessels in 2016 and 2017.
"This is an important milestone for Philly Tankers and we are proud of the long- term partnership that the company has established with a reputable end-user," said Kristian Rokke, Chairman of Aker Philadelphia and a Board member of Philly Tankers AS. "We continue to see interesting opportunities in the Jones Act tanker space, including potential strategic partnerships, and we'll continue to pursue those opportunities as we look to grow Philly Tankers."
Philly Tankers holds an option for two additional product tankers with deliveries in 2017, which it expects to declare, subject to raising the necessary equity capital.
Norwegian OTC listed Philly Tankers was established in June 2014 by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and financial sponsors, including American Shipping Company and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, to create what's described as a "pure play Jones Act shipping company."