SHIP » Topics » An oversupply of drybulk carrier capacity may lead to reductions in charter rates and our profitability.

This excerpt taken from the SHIP 6-K filed Jun 17, 2008.
An oversupply of drybulk carrier capacity may lead to reductions in charter rates and our profitability.
The market supply of drybulk carriers, primarily Capesize and Panamax vessels, has been increasing, and the number of such drybulk carriers on order is near historic highs. Newly constructed vessels were delivered and are expected to continue in significant numbers starting at the beginning of 2006 through 2009. As of December 2007, newly constructed vessels orders had been placed for an aggregate of more than 60% of the current global drybulk fleet, with deliveries expected during the next four to five years. An oversupply of drybulk carrier capacity may result in a reduction of our charter rates. If such a reduction occurs, when our vessels’ current charters expire or terminate, we may only be able to recharter our vessels at reduced or unprofitable rates or we may not be able to charter these vessels at all.
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