CIT Launch Maritime Finance Business, Appoint MD

Press Release
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mr. Svein Engh: Photo credit CIT

The new company, CIT Maritime Finance will originate & underwrite blue water vessel financing & its managing director is Svein Engh.

CIT Maritime Finance will offer senior secured loans, sale-leasebacks, and bareboat charters to owners and operators of oceangoing cargo vessels including tankers, bulkers, container ships, car carriers, as well as offshore vessels and drilling rigs. It will offer financing solutions that will help add value and drive business for customers.

“The launch of CIT Maritime Finance demonstrates our efforts to increase the financing options offered through CIT Transportation Finance,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of CIT Transportation Finance. “There is strong demand for financing in the global marine sector and the deep industry relationships and expertise of our new team, led by Svein, will enable us to capitalize on these opportunities.”

Prior to his appointment, Svein Engh served as Chief Executive Officer of Octavian Maritime Holdings, Inc., where he built a new shipping company with sponsorship from Octavian Advisors, LP, a New York-based investment fund. Before joining Octavian, he was Managing Director, BNP Paribas Fortis where he was responsible for building the maritime portfolio in the North American market. He has also held executive positions with Christiania Bank in New York, Singapore, and Oslo. Engh earned a BBA and MBA from Ohio University.

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