Dorian LPG takes delivery of 84,000 cubic meter LPG carrier
Stamford, Conn., headquartered gas carrier operator Dorian LPG Ltd. (NYSE: LPG) took delivery of the 84,000 cubic meter LPG carrier Captain Markos from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, March 31
The dual-fuel vessel operates on LPG and low-sulfur fuel oil. Powered by a a Kawasaki-MAN B&W 7S60ME-C10.5-LGIP diesel engine, it is Kawasaki Heavy’s seventh 84,000 cubic meter dual-fuel LPG carrier with a dual-fuel main engine.
The ship’s LPG fuel tanks are located on the upper deck. This makes it possible to load fuel-use LPG separately from the ship’s cargo LPG. A piping system connecting the LPG fuel tanks and LPG cargo tanks enables extra LPG to be transferred to the LPG fuel tanks if necessary.
The ship was delivered to a Japanese owner and Dorian LPG will operate it under a 13-year bareboat charter. It will trade in the Helios LPG Pool which Dorian operates jointly with Phoenix Tankers Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.
JAPANESE FINANCING ARRANGEMENT
John Hadjipateras, chairman, president and CEO of Dorian LPG Ltd. said, “We are very pleased to welcome Captain Markos, which will be our first technically managed dual-fuel LPG VLGC. She is the third of four dual-fuel VLGCs that are scheduled for delivery to the company during calendar 2023, each with improved economics and carbon footprints, consistent with our mission to provide safe, reliable, clean, and trouble-free transportation. We thank our Japanese partners for their role in this transaction, and we wish our seafarers fair winds and smooth seas.”
“Similar to our previous Japanese financings,” says Dorian, “this transaction is treated as a financing transaction and Captain Markos will be recorded as an asset on our balance sheet. Prior to the delivery of the vessel, we paid $25.0 million in cash and, upon delivery, entered into a $56 million bareboat charter financing arrangement. This debt financing has a floating interest rate of one-month SOFR plus a credit adjustment spread of .1148% (reflecting the difference between unsecured LIBOR and SOFR) and a margin of 2.475%, monthly broker commission fees of 1.25% over the 13-year term on interest and principal payments made, broker commission fees of 1.0% payable on the remaining debt outstanding at the time of the repurchase of Captain Markos, and a monthly fixed straight-line principal obligation of $0.210 million until March 31, 2028 and of $0.250 million from April 30, 2028 through the remainder of bareboat charter period with a balloon payment of $19.4 million. The company has early buyout options beginning March 31, 2028.”