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April 26, 2018

Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes

Courtesy Euronav

Courtesy Euronav

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, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and Sea Bridge Finance Limited and The Export-Import Bank of Korea acted as ECA lender.

WFW also acted for ING Belgium SA/NV on a $220 million loan facility for Euronav and International Seaways signed on March 29, 2018 to refinance the FSO AFRICA and FSO ASIA, and to provide general working capital. Mandated lead arrangers were ING Belgium SA/NV and ABN AMRO Bank N.V.  WFW also assisted with a related $10m guarantee facility provided by ING Belgium SA/NV.

London Maritime partner, Michael O'Donnell led the WFW teams advising on both loan facilities. He was assisted by Associates Nigel Willis on all facilities, Kathryn Palmer on the Crédit Agricole facility and Philip Arcoumanis on the ING facilities.  WFW Athens provided Greek law advice on the Crédit Agricole facility for the two delivered ships registered on Greek flag (Partner Marisetta Marcopoulou and Associates Valina Giouzelaki and Manos Pontikis), with WFW New York giving Marshall Islands assistance in relation to the ING facilities (Partner John Benson and Associate Amma Ofori).

Bank of KoreaEuronav NVHyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd