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    Ocean Yield confirms acquisition of anchorm handlers from Farstad

    Vessel & ROV News // March 11, 2013

    Ocean Yield AS has confirmed that it has acquired two anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels with 12-year bareboat charters to Farstad Supply AS.

    Ocean Yield, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aker ASA, has entered into an agreement to acquire the newbuilds from Farstad Supply, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Farstad Shipping ASA, for a total consideration of approximately NKr 1.2 billion.

    The vessels are due to be delivered from the yard at the end of March and May 2013.

    On delivery, they will enter into 12-year bareboat charters to Farstad Supply. Farstad Supply has options to acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first options being exercisable after five years.

    The vessels are being built at STX Langsten and are of UT 731 CD design. They are high-end AHTS vessels with 24,371 BHP and 265 mt bollard pull.

    Ocean Yield has secured long-term export financing for approximately 75 per cent of the purchase price on attractive terms. The remaining amount will be funded with equity. The transaction will add approximately 20 per cent to Ocean Yield’s EBITDA contract backlog.

    “We are very pleased to announce this transaction with Farstad Shipping, a company with an excellent standing and track record in the supply vessel market,’’ Ocean Yield’s Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said in a comment.

    “This transaction confirms our ability to generate sale and leaseback transactions with high quality counterparts and is an important step towards building a larger and more diversified portfolio of vessels before the listing of the company on the Oslo Stock Exchange”.

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