Vancouver’s Seaspan Corp. is set to add another major shipping industry asset to its fleet.

On October 3, the world’s largest independent containership owner announced that it plans to invest up to US$200 million in the restructured Swiber Holdings Ltd.

Investment in the Singapore-based offshore oil and gas field engineering and construction business follows Seaspan’s acquisition earlier this year of Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC (GCI). The US$1.6 billion deal to acquire the 89% of GCI that it did not own added 18 ships to Seaspan’s fleet of 94 and US$1.3 billion to its contracted revenue.

The Swiber deal, which includes five ships, will give Seaspan an 80% interest in the restructured Swiber Group and a US$180 million investment in a US$1 billion liquefied natural gas-to-power project being developed in Vietnam.

Company CEO Bing Chen said the Swiber investment will “unlock substantial value” for Seaspan.

Seaspan, which plans to fund the Swiber deal with cash on hand, posted earnings of US$88 million on revenue of US$506 million in the first six months of 2018. That compares with profit of US$67 million on revenue of US$406 million for the same period in 2017.

Source: Business in Vancouver

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