Bank Considers EEDI When Making Ship Finance Decisions

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The German KfW IPEX-Bank evaluates energy efficiency of its merchant shipping portfolio, sees EEDI a key indicator of economic advantage.

KfW IPEX-Bank, one of the largest ship financing banks in the world, has evaluated together with FutureShip, a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd, the energy efficiency of its shipping portfolio based on the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The applied valuation approach is based on the standards of the International Maritime Organisation (special organisation of the United Nations) and provides an indicator for the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of merchant vessels.

From 2013 binding EEDI limits will be introduced for newbuildings. However, the energy efficiency of existing vessels also plays an increasingly important role during chartering decisions.

Using the EEDI methodology, the energy efficiency of 88% of the ships in the IPEX portfolio could be evaluated. "In this regard our merchant shipping portfolio is on average slightly better than the world fleet," explained Dr Carsten Wiebers, Global Head of Maritime Industries at KfW IPEX-Bank.

"The reduction of environmental impacts from maritime shipping is a serious concern for us. The newly developed valuation method gives us the opportunity to take into account the vessel’s energy efficiency during our financing decision and to favour "green" ships over similar ships with poorer energy efficiency.

Furthermore, the evaluation verified that less energy efficient ships are associated with a higher credit risk. The compatibility of ecological and economical aspects for ship financing has now been empirically supported through the joint project of KfW IPEX-Bank and FutureShip."

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