MPC Container Ships, a new shipowning company invested by Germany’s MPC Capital, has announced that it has acquired seven container vessels.
The fleet consists of two 966 teu sister ships AS Laetitia and AS Laguna, 1,300 teu Rickmers Malaysia (to be renamed AS Fortuna), 2,556 teu Rio Taku, and two 2,824 teu sister ships AS Carinthia and Cardonia and a further 2007-built 2,100 teu vessel.
MPC have already taken delivery five of the vessels, and the remaining two are scheduled for delivery by end of June 2017. The company has made an investment of $38m in total so far.
According to MPC, with the exception of currently docked AS Laetitia, all ships are chartered out to liner companies at or above current market rates.
The company has further agreed to acquire six additional vessels, including one 1,200 teu, one 2,500 teu and four 2,800 teu vessels.
MPC has so far deployed $80m for the fleet acquisition, following the raising of $100m equity in a private placement in April.
The company said it seeks to advance growth opportunities and further vessel transactions are already under negotiation.
MPC Container Ships is registered in Oslo in April, and its main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of feeder container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 teu. The company intends to list the shares on a stock exchange later this year.