SOURCE: Excel Maritime

November 10, 2009 16:05 ET

Excel Maritime Enters Into Time Charter Agreement for M/V Renuar and M/V Elinakos at Profitable Rates

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a leading international provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has entered into two new charter agreements for the M/V Renuar and the M/V Elinakos.

The M/V Renuar, a 1993 built Panamax bulk carrier with a carrying capacity of 70,128 dwt, has entered into a charter agreement for a minimum period of 12 months to a maximum period of 14 months at the gross daily rate of $22,500.

The M/V Elinakos, a 73,751 dwt, 1997-built Panamax bulk carrier, has entered into a short-term charter agreement for a period of a minimum of 4 months to a maximum of 6 months at a gross rate of $25,000 per day.

Lefteris Papatrifon, Chief Financial Officer of Excel, stated, "We are pleased to announce the fixtures of the M/V Renuar and the M/V Elinakos at profitable rates with very reliable counterparties. These charters reaffirm our Company's commitment to seek predictable cash flows that enhance our operating and financial stability. With these fixtures, our time charter coverage for the fourth quarter of 2009 has increased to approximately 70% of the remaining operating days of 2009 and 56% for 2010."

About Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd

Excel is an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, such as iron ore, coal and grains, as well as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Excel owns a fleet of 40 vessels and, together with 7 Panamax vessels under bareboat charters, operates 47 vessels (5 Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 21 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 5 Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.9 million dwt. Excel Class A common shares have been listed since September 15, 2005 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EXM and, prior to that date, were listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) since 1998. For more information about the Company, please go to our corporate website

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct.

These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to the ability to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Investor Relations / Financial Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536
    New York, NY 10160, USA
    Tel: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526

    Lefteris Papatrifon
    Chief Financial Officer
    Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.
    17th Km National Road Athens-Lamia & Finikos Street
    145 64 Nea Kifisia
    Athens, Greece
    Tel: 011-30-210-62-09-520
    Fax: 011-30-210-62-09-528