TOP Ships announces time charter and loan agreement
TOP Ships announced that upon its delivery from Hyundai in the third quarter of 2018, M/T Eco Palm Desert will enter into time charter employment with Central Ship Chartering Inc, a related party, for a firm duration of three years. The charterer has the option to extend the firm employment period by two additional years. The company expects a total gross revenue backlog associated with this time charter of up to $27.5M including the optional periods.Evangelos Pistiolis, President and CEO of the company, stated: "The total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of all of the Company's operating fleet stands at about $106 million and when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels it increases to about $122 million, with cashflow visibility reaching into 2021. Our business strategy continues to be focused on further expanding our fleet as it is important that we achieve a certain critical mass in terms of fleet size with an aim to maximize our operational efficiencies and synergies."