SOURCE: Excel Maritime

Excel Maritime

July 12, 2011 16:05 ET

Excel Maritime Carriers Concludes the Cancellation of Four Capesize Shipbuilding Contracts From Korea Shipyard Co. Ltd.

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and an international provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today the cancellation of four shipbuilding contracts for the construction of four bulk carrier vessels of 180,000 dwt each. The Company entered into the aforementioned contracts in December 2006 with Korea Shipyard Co. Ltd.

With no guarantees exchanged or payments made under the contracts, and following no indication from Korea Shipyard Co. Ltd that the vessels were going to be built and delivered, Excel has successfully cancelled the shipbuilding contracts on the basis of delay by the shipyard, without any penalties.

The cancellation has no impact on the Company's financial position and will not affect the Company's financial statements.

Pavlos Kanellopoulos, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, commented: "We are pleased to report the deletion of these 4 shipbuilding contracts from a greenfield yard, without any financial impact for the Company."

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 41 vessels, among which a Capesize vessel through a majority joint venture and, together with seven Panamax vessels under bareboat charters, operates a total of 48 vessels (7 Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 21 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 4 Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of over 4.1 million DWT. Excel's 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 Excel, please go to our corporate website www.excelmaritime.com.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Investor Relations / Financial Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536
    New York, NY 10160, USA
    Tel: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526
    E-Mail: excelmaritime@capitallink.com
    www.capitallink.com

    Company:
    Pavlos Kanellopoulos
    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
    E-Mail: ir@excelmaritime.com
    www.excelmaritime.com