Knightsbridge Tankers Limited (“Knightsbridge” or the “Company”) announces that it has agreed to fix out on time charter one of its two Capesize bulk carriers currently under construction at Daehan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd in the Republic of Korea. The charter is for a period of five years from the delivery scheduled for September 2009 and is at a rate of $40,000 per day. In addition, Knightsbridge will pay a 1.25% commission to Golden Ocean Group Limited for the commercial operation of the vessel
Chairman of Knightsbridge Tankers, Ola Lorentzon, says “The Board is pleased to have secured this charter for its new Capesize vessel and believes this coverage is in line with its previously stated strategy. We believe this transaction provides stability while limiting financial risk”.
May 21, 2007
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May 21, 2007
Contact: Knightsbridge Tankers Limited Ola Lorentzon
Investor Relations + 46 703 998886
Inger M. Klemp
+ 47 23 11 40 76