MONACO — (Marketwire) — 02/28/13 — Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the “Company”) announced today that it has exercised options with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea (“HMD”) for the construction of four MR Product tankers for approximately $33.0 million each and two Handymax ice class-1A (37,000 DWT) product tankers for approximately $31.25 million each. The MR Product tankers were previously reserved for another owner, and two of these vessels will deliver in the second quarter of 2014 with the third and fourth vessels to be delivered in the third and fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The two Handymax vessels will be delivered early in the third quarter of 2014.
These are a continuation of the Company’s existing newbuilding program for fuel-efficient vessels. These newbuildings come with fixed-price options for the construction of four additional Handymax vessels as well as an extension on previously obtained fixed-price options.
The Company has a total of 26 newbuilding product tanker orders with HMD and SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea which include 20 MR and six Handymax ice class-1A vessels. Two of the newbuildings are expected to be delivered to the Company by April 2013 and the remaining 24 by the end of 2014. The Company also has fixed-price options to construct a total of 12 additional newbuilding product tankers at these yards.
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 13 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, six MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.6 years, time charters-in 20 product tankers (three LR2, three LR1, nine MR and five Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 26 newbuilding product tankers (20 MR and six Handymax vessels), two of which are expected to be delivered to the Company by April 2013 and the remaining 24 by the end of 2014. 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.