Okeanis Gets Funds for Scrubber Retrofit
The Piraeus-based shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp announced that it has secured commitment to a $11 million secured loan facility for its scrubber retrofit project from BNP Paribas.The tankers company, owned by the Alafouzos family, said in a press release that the facility carries an interest rate over Libor of 2.00%, a 5-year tenor, and a 4-year repayment profile beginning one year after drawdown.The funds are available immediately, and the company expects to draw…
CMA CGM in Effort to Buy rest of CEVA Logistics Shares
CMA CGM launches 30 Sfr/shr tender offer for CEVA shares; CEVA recommends shareholders decline the offer.ZURICH, Jan 28 (Reuters) - French shipping company CMA CGM on Monday formally launched a cash offer to buy out other shareholders of Ceva Logistics, valuing the Swiss freight forwarder at $1.67 billion as the companies pursue closer ties aimed at fueling growth and savings.CMA CGM, which already controls 50.6 percent of CEVA, and the Swiss company last year began developing a business plan to boost commercial cooperation and complementary services.At the time…
China-U.S. Trade Talks a Tonic to Battered Markets
World stock markets rallied on Friday after Beijing announced a new round of trade talks with Washington, though recession fears still had markets betting the next move in U.S. interest rates might be down.News that the United States and China would hold vice-ministerial level talks on Monday and Tuesday to resolve a trade dispute bought some respite to battered markets, with MSCI's world stock index up a third of a percent and U.S. stock futures around 1 percent firmer ."We're not expecting a major breakthrough on Jan.
Star Bulk Carriers Announces $310mln Loan for Vessels, 50 Scrubbers
Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has entered into a $310 million loan agreement, which includes a $70 million tranche (Green Loan Tranche) that will exclusively finance the procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to approx. 50 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet. According to a press release from the global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, DNB Bank, acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger, Facility Agent and Coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank…
CMA CGM Inaugurates the Incubator ZeBox
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer of CMA CGM Group and French minister in charge of transport Elisabeth Borne inaugurated ZeBox, a new start-up incubator and accelerator in Marseilles.Initiated by CMA CGM, ZeBox is a human-sized incubator and accelerator with two objectives: Support start-ups throughout their development by immediately projecting them into an international dimension; and enable large companies to benefit from the innovations developed by these start-ups in their respective business sectors.On the occasion of the inauguration of ZeBox…
MSC Cruises Pact for USD 1.7bln Loan for New Seaside EVO Ships
Cruise liner MSC Cruises has reached an agreement for an EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.74 billion) financing for two new Seaside EVO class cruise ships.BNP Paribas, Unicredit and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will provide EUR 1.5bn in financing for two Seaside EVO class passengerships. The financing syndicate of lenders also include SACE SIMEST, the Italian ECA, fully backing the credit line and stabilising the interest rate.The first ship is expected to be delivered in May 2021 and the second in February 2023.
Diana Shipping, BNP Paribas Pact for Five Year Loan Facility
Diana Shipping announced that on June 20, 2018, it signed a term sheet with the French bank BNP Paribas for a five year loan facility of up to US$75 million, subject to loan documentation. The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said that the proceeds from the loan facility together with available cash will be used to voluntarily prepay in full the balance of US$130 million of the existing credit facility with BNP Paribas. The new loan facility will result in 17 of the Company’s vessels being unencumbered, Diana Shipping said.
Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes
Tanker shipping company Euronav has secured a loan facility providing financing for four ice-class suezmax newbuildings under construction by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., two of which have recently been delivered with the remaining two scheduled for delivery later in 2018.Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) said it acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to a $173.5 million loan facility for Euronav NV signed on March 22, 2018. The commercial lenders were Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank…
$252m Finance for LNG-Powered Tankers
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised ING Bank (“ING”), as agent, security trustee and the syndicate of lenders on the US$252m financing of the world’s first ever LNG-powered aframax tankers for leading Russian shipowner Sovcomflot Group (“SCF”). The six 114,000dwt, ice-class vessels are being built by Hyundai Samho, with two of the vessels to operate under time charter to Shell for up to ten years. Shell will also provide LNG fuel for all six tankers across north-west Europe and the Baltic.
SCF Secures Funds for Six Aframax Tankers
PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) informed that it has signed a new $252 million 7-year credit facility with a consortium of six leading international banks, which includes: ABN AMRO Bank; BNP Paribas; Citibank; ING Bank; KfW IPEX-Bank, and Société Générale. The funds will be used towards financing a series of six Aframax tankers, the first-ever such vessels purpose-designed to be powered by LNG, currently under construction and due for delivery from Q3 2018 to Q2 2019. These innovative…
Inflation Buiilds, Oil Slides
Oil fell for a third day on Wednesday, dropping nearly 1 percent on concerns about rising U.S. production and another drop in financial markets after U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected. Brent crude futures fell 55 cents to $62.17 a barrel by 1350 GMT. The price has lost 11 percent since hitting a high above $71 in January and has now wiped out all its 2018 gains. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures dropped 77 cents to $58.42 a barrel. U.S. consumer prices excluding energy and food accelerated at their fastest pace in a year…
CMA CGM Completes Sale of Los Angeles Terminal
The CMA CGM Group completed today the sale of a 90% equity interest in Global Gateway South terminal (GSS) in Los Angeles (United States) to EQT Infrastructure III (EQT Infrastructure) and its partner P5 Infrastructure (P5), for an Enterprise Value of USD 875 million. Consequently, CMA CGM received a cash consideration of about USD 820 million that may be completed according to the terms announced last July. CMA CGM will remain a minority shareholder with 10% of the GGS terminal and will continue to be a major user of the facility.
Seaspan Appoints Bing Chen As Chief Executive Officer
Seaspan Corporation announced that Bing Chen will be joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and appointed to the Board of Directors in January, 2018. Gerry Wang will be retiring as CEO and Director of Seaspan effective November 3. Upon Wang’s retirement, Peter Curtis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will also serve as Seaspan’s interim chief executive officer until Chen’s arrival, after which he will continue in his current role. David Sokol…
Vitol Returns for $8 Bln Loan Refinancing
Geneva-headquartered energy and commodities trader Vitol has signed an US$8bn loan refinancing of credit facilities agreed in October 2016, the company announced on Wednesday. The revolving credit facility, which is used for working capital and general corporate purposes, comprises a three-year tranche and a 364-day tranche. The three-year tranche totals over US$7bn. ABN AMRO Bank, Commerzbank, Credit Agricole CIB, HSBC Bank and ING Bank were active bookrunners on the transaction.
Capital Product Partners Sings Pact for $460 Mln Refinancing
Capital Product Partners entered into a firm offer letter for a senior secured term loan facility of up to $460.0 million with HSH Nordbank AG and ING Bank as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners and BNP Paribas and National Bank of Greece S.A. as arrangers. The lenders also include Alpha Bank S.A., Piraeus Bank S.A. and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ). The closing of the credit facility is subject to finalization of the long form loan documentation. "We intend to use the net proceeds of the loans under the New Facility…
Japan Bank Finances Danish Shipper
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will provide a total of $28.3 million in syndicated loans with French bank BNP Paribas to help a major Danish shipping operator’s unit buy cargo vessels to be built by leading Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding, Jiji Press reported. The state-owned JBIC aims to revive the domestic regional economies relying on the shipbuilding industry by giving financial support for vessel exports at a time when the industry faces a global slump due to oversupply, the report quoted informed sources as saying.
Financing for Dudgeon Wind Farm
London, UK, May 12, 2016: The developers of one of the world's largest offshore wind farms announced the limited recourse financing for the project today, having reached financial close in six months. The GBP1.3 billion long-term financing will fund the capital requirements of the 402-megawatt (MW) Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, currently under construction 32 kilometres out to sea from the North Norfolk coast of East England. The Mandated Lead Arrangers comprise The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ…
Ithaca Energy Completes RBL Redetermination
Ithaca Energy Inc. announced having successfully completed its planned semi-annual reserves based lending (“RBL”) facilities review and continues to maintain in excess of $100 million of funding headroom ahead of planned first hydrocarbons from the Greater Stella Area in the third quarter of 2016. The Company commenced deleveraging the business in 2015 with net debt reducing from a peak of over $800 million in the first half of 2015 to $630 million at 31 March 2016. Following…
Navig8 Product Tankers Expands Fleet
Navig8 Product Tankers Inc., an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, has taken delivery of one LR1 74,000 DWT product tanker, the Navig8 Expedite, from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, Ltd. The vessel will be entered into and operated in the LR8 commercial pool operated by the Navig8 Group. Thus far the Company has taken delivery of three LR1 and two LR2 product tankers newbuildings and anticipates that its entire newbuilding fleet will be delivered by the end of 2016.
CMA CGM Keeps Buying NOL Shares
French liner giant CMA CGM has acquired last week a total of 2.26 million shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), six months before it is scheduled to make good its S$3.4 billion takeover bid for the Singapore-listed liner, reports Business Times. It acquired 1.33 million (0.05 per cent stake) at $1.233 apiece) and 930,700 shares (0.04 per cent) at S$1.235 each on Jan 4 and Jan 5 respectively. This information was revealed by CMA CGM's financial advisers comprising the Singapore branches of BNP Paribas and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation as well as JP Morgan.
NOL Deal Cements CMA CGM's World Status
French container shipping giant CMA CGM is to buy Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines for $2.4 billion, making its biggest-ever acquisition to help it to ride out a severe market downturn. The takeover, which the companies expect to proceed in mid-2016 following anti-trust approvals, would cement family-owned CMA CGM's spot as the world's third-largest container shipping line by handing it market leadership on busy trans-Pacific routes. The acquisition of state-controlled Neptune crowns a recovery for CMA CGM and its founding Saade family…
CMA CGM Secures Bank Funding for NOL Takeover
CMA CGM has secured the necessary financial backing to proceed with an acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Reuters reports, citing two people said to be familiar with the matter. The French shipping giant is reported to have received “firm commitment” from lenders HSBC, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan to bankroll the deal. A takeover of NOL would boost the world's third biggest container line's position on transpacific routes at a time when operators are struggling with overcapacity and low freight rates.
CMA CGM Seeking Funds for NOL Takeover
France’s CMA CGM has approached banks to finance its potential takeover bid for Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), reports Bloomberg. The world’s No. 3 container shipping company is in talks with banks including BNP Paribas SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. for loans to back an offer for NOL. CMA CGM is the third largest container company in the world and has 8.8 per cent of market share according to container analyst Alphaliner. NOL was started as Singapore’s national shipping line…
Oceans Can’t Take Any more: Researchers Fear Fundamental Change
Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn’t happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of a new review study published today in the journal Science. In the study, the research team from the Ocean 2015 initiative assesses the latest findings on the risks that climate change poses for our oceans…
Trafigura CFO Lorinet to Step Down
The chief financial officer of commodities firm Trafigura, Pierre Lorinet, who led the trading house's headquarters relocation to Singapore from Switzerland in 2012, is stepping down from October, Trafigura said on Monday. Lorinet, 43, said he had decided to take a career break after 13 years with Trafigura and devote himself "to other interests including my family". He will be replaced by Christophe Salmon, also 43, Trafigura's CFO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, who joined Trafigura in 2012 from BNP Paribas.
Magnolia Inks Deal with KBR
Magnolia LNG LLC (MLNG), wholly owned subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited executed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of KBR, Inc. (KBR) to undertake cost verification and provide other services supporting MLNG project delivery. KBR is a global leader in the LNG EPC business, having been involved in the delivery of about one third of the world’s current LNG production capacity. It is proposed that KBR and SKEC…