TBS International Limited
has taken delivery of the M.V. Kibishio Maru, which it had previously agreed to acquire, thereby expanding its controlled fleet to 32 vessels.
The M.V. Kibishio Maru, renamed the M.V. Aztec Maiden, is a 19,777 dwt multipurpose tweendecker that was built in 1984. TBS agreed on December 29, 2005 to acquire the M.V. Kibishio Maru for $8.1 million.
It was delivered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on May 2, 2006. The acquisition of the M.V. Kibishio Maru was previously disclosed in TBS's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the annual report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2005, filed on March 16, 2006.
The company's controlled fleet of 32 vessels is composed of 25 owned vessels and 7 vessels under charters with options to purchase. The fleet consists of 20 multipurpose tweendeckers with an aggregate cargo carrying capacity of 455,900 dwt and 12 handymax bulk carriers with an aggregate cargo carrying capacity of 486,800 dwt. In addition, to its controlled fleet, TBS operates another 3 vessels which it charters-in without options to purchase.