LONDON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NVGS) today announces that the Company exercised its option to build an additional three 35,000 cubic meter ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, in addition to the one vessel of the same size already under construction. The three additional vessels will be built at Jiangnan Shipyard in China for $78.4 million each.
The 35,000 cubic meter ethylene & ethane carriers are specifically designed in anticipation of large scale exports of ethane becoming available from surplus U.S. shale gas production and the desire by international petrochemical companies to diversify their feedstock supplies with low cost U.S. ethane. However as the world's largest semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, they will have the versatility to transport the full range of liquefied gases such as propane and butane, as well as petrochemicals including ethylene & ethane, and ammonia. They will be delivered with dual fuel engines, reducing running costs through optimized propulsion systems, and together with larger carrying capacities, will offer greater economies of scale, increasing competitiveness for our customers.
Following its exercise of the option to build three additional vessels, Navigator has thirteen vessels in its newbuilding program, four of which are scheduled for delivery in late 2014, four in 2015 and five in 2016.
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- future operating or financial results;
- pending acquisitions, business strategy and expected capital spending;
- operating expenses, availability of crew, number of off-hire days, drydocking requirements and insurance costs;
- general market conditions and shipping market trends, including charter rates and factors affecting supply and demand;
- our financial condition and liquidity, including our ability to obtain additional financing in the future to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate activities;
- estimated future capital expenditures needed to preserve our capital base;
- our expectations about the receipt of our thirteen newbuildings and the timing of the receipt thereof;
- our expectations about the availability of vessels to purchase, the time that it may take to construct new vessels, or the useful lives of our vessels;
- our continued ability to enter into long-term, fixed-rate time charters with our customers;
- changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities;
- potential liability from future litigation;
- our expectations relating to the payment of dividends; and
- other factors discussed in Navigator's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether because of future events, new information, a change in our views or expectations, or otherwise. We make no prediction or statement about the performance of our common stock.
Navigator Gas is the owner and operator of the world's largest fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers and provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical gases and ammonia for energy companies, industrial users and commodity traders. Navigator's fleet consists of 36 semi- or fully-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, including thirteen newbuildings scheduled for delivery by the end of December 2016.
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