Following a particularly moving theatrical performance, it's often said that there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Well, this quarter DryShips
The dry bulk (and aspiring deepwater drilling) titan racked up a fleet utilization rate of 99% in the period. Only one vessel was drydocked, which is the removal of a ship from the water in order to inspect and repair the underwater portion. This utilization rate, combined with soaring voyage rates and an ever-expanding fleet, led shipping revenue to more than double the prior year's result.
While DryShips has in the past borne one of the highest exposures to spot market rates, the company is increasingly embracing long-term fixtures. We've seen a similar shift at Excel Maritime
Lest you think this time chartering makes DryShips dreary, there are avenues for upside. Front and center is the deepwater drilling segment. The Leiv Erikssson, currently working for Royal Dutch Shell
Just when you think you have DryShips figured out, the company goes off the deep end. It's hard for me to make projections about the company's future, but the track record here suggests that DryShips will continue to leave profits in its wake.