LONDON, May 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) (the "Company") announced today that it has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option, at a gross charter rate of $10,700 per day, compared to the current charter rate of $8,390 per day. The extended time charter will commence immediately upon expiration of the vessel's current time charter on June 3, 2015.
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, commented, "We are delighted to have agreed with Sea Consortium / X-Press Feeders to extend the charter for the Ville d'Aquarius at a significantly higher rate than its previous charter, with no idle time or repositioning costs. The extension maintains full fleet charter coverage and allows us to benefit from the improving market for mid-size and smaller vessels by achieving a 30% increase in the charter rate for this 1996-built vessel."
About Global Ship Lease
Global Ship Lease is a containership charter owner. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Global Ship Lease commenced operations in December 2007 with a business of owning and chartering out containerships under mainly long-term, fixed-rate charters to top tier container liner companies.
Global Ship Lease owns 19 vessels with a total capacity of 82,475 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, at March 31, 2015 of 11.0 years. All 19 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with CMA CGM. The average remaining term of the charters at March 31, 2015 was 5.3 years or 5.8 years on a weighted basis, excluding Ville d'Aquarius, and Ville d'Orion, which are deployed in the short-term charter market.
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Source:Global Ship Lease, Inc.