Shareholders in Euroseas, a US-listed owner of 27 container ships on the water or under construction, can again lay claim to part of the company’s rapidly growing profits.

The Aristides Pittas-led company announced late on Monday that it has reinstated a dividend payment of common stock after almost nine years.

It had suspended quarterly common dividends in the fourth quarter of 2013 when it still had a mixed fleet of container ships and bulkers.

Since then, it had been paying dividends — either in cash or in kind — on preferred shares only.