MONACO — (Marketwired) — 10/11/13 — Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the “Company”) announced today that it has exercised options to construct two Very Large Gas Carriers (“VLGC”) in South Korea. The Company also took delivery of the twelfth vessel under its newbuilding program, STI Ville.
The Company has exercised options it held with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for the construction of two VLGC for approximately $75.0 million each. These vessels are 84,000 cubic meter tankers designed for the carriage of LPG and are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.
Delivery of STI Ville
The Company took delivery of the twelfth MR product tanker under its newbuilding program at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea, STI Ville. Upon delivery, the vessel began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately $19,000 per day.
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 19 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 12 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 3.9 years, time charters-in 29 product tankers (eight LR2, four LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 65 newbuilding vessels (28 MR, 12 LR2, and 14 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers, and 11 VLGC), 44 are expected to be delivered to the Company in 2014, 19 within 2015 and two in the first quarter of 2016. Additional information about the Company is available at the Company’s website www.scorpiotankers.com, which is not a part of this press release.
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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, 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 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.
Source: Scorpio Tankers Inc.