HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) (“Ardmore” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company took delivery of the newbuilding Ardmore Chinook on July 17, 2015. The 25,217 deadweight tonne, Eco-design IMO 2 product and chemical tanker was constructed at the Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“Fukuoka Shipbuilding”) shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, and is the third in a series of four Fukuoka newbuildings scheduled to deliver to Ardmore in 2015. Following delivery, the Ardmore Chinook has commenced her initial employment in the Ardmore fleet, contributing to the Company’s cashflow and earnings.
Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore, commented:
“We are pleased to welcome the Ardmore Chinook to our on-the-water fleet of modern, fuel-efficient MR product and chemical tankers while charter markets continue to demonstrate a degree of persistent strength not seen in recent years. We appreciate the diligence and skill of Fukuoka Shipbuilding in constructing this state-of-the-art vessel, and we look forward to completing our newbuilding program with the scheduled delivery of a further three vessels in the coming months.”
About Ardmore Shipping Corporation:
Ardmore owns and operates a fleet of mid-size product and chemical tankers ranging from 17,500 to 50,300 deadweight tonnes. The Company provides seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors, national oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies, with its modern, fuel-efficient fleet of tankers.
Ardmore’s core strategy is to develop a modern, high-quality fleet of product and chemical tankers, build key long-term commercial relationships, maintain its cost advantage in assets, operations and overhead, while creating significant synergies and economies of scale as the Company grows. Ardmore provides its services to customers through voyage charters, commercial pools and time charters and enjoys close working relationships with key commercial and technical management partners. Ardmore views the continued development of these relationships as crucial to its long-term success.
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In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, competition in the tanker industry, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, piracy or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.