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23 Apr 2019

LNG-Ship Orders to Dominate Newbuilds in 2025

Pic: Samsung Heavy industries.

About 60.3 percent of the world’s ship orders are projected to be for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled vessels by 2025."Ships powered by LNG are expected to account for six out of 10 new vessel orders in six years due to toughened environmental standards," said a report in Pulse News.A study report released by Korea Development Bank and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said that that as many as 1,962 new LNG carriers would be built by 2025. It also expected demand for LNG bunkering vessels to jump more than tenfold…

26 Apr 2018

Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes

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…

22 Apr 2018

South Korea Eximbank Pledges Huge Loans to Shipping

Image: Export-Import Bank of Korea

As part of the government's large-scale rescue plan for shipping sector, the Export-Import Bank of Korea  (Korea Eximbank) sets a figure for loans and guarantees to the country's shipping sector. According to Yonhap, Korea Eximbank will funnel more than 800 billion won ($749.3 million) in shipping finance as a part of the state-sponsored program to revive the shipping industry following the collapse of Korea’s flag sea carrier Hanjin Shipping. The five-year plan for rehabilitating the maritime sector involves the building of more than 200 ships…

11 Mar 2018

South Korea Restuctures Mid-Sized Shipbuilders

File Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

The South Korean government decided to restructure two financially-troubled mid-sized shipbuilders, said a report in Business Korea. While filing for court receivership for the debt-ridden Sungdong Shipbuilding, the government has decided to save STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Co. on condition of slashing 75 percent of its production workforce. The two shipbuilders are heavily indebted to Korea's two state-run banks, as they have struggled with snowballing losses amid unfavorable oil prices and the worldwide industry downturn.

29 May 2017

South Korean Shipyards: Silver Lining for the Biggies

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Though South Korea’s big three shipbuilders -Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - showing signs of fiscal recovery this year,  orders at midsized shipbuilding companies remain sparse. Korea Herald reported citing  Korea Export-Import Bank of Korea that the order receipts of medium-sized shipyards in Korea were estimated to be around $110 million in the first quarter. Despite an improvement compared to last year’s first quarter…

18 Apr 2017

Daewoo Shipbuilding unlocks $2.6 bln Bailout

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Bondholders at final meetings agree to debt-to-equity swap; shipbuilder needs about $400 mln in operating funds by April-end. South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd has won near unanimous agreement from bondholders to swap their debt for equity, meeting a condition that unlocks a $2.6 billion bank bailout for the world's biggest shipbuilder. Daewoo won approval from over 96 percent of bondholders at two meetings on Tuesday and three on Monday, with attendance exceeding 78 percent.

17 Apr 2017

Daewoo Shipbuilding Bondholders Okay Bailout Plan

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Debt-to-equity swap plan is condition of $2.6 bln bailout. South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd on Monday won near unanimous approval for a debt-to-equity swap plan in the first three of five bondholder meetings, as the world's largest shipbuilder battles to stay afloat. The votes were held hours after Daewoo's biggest bondholder, the National Pension Service (NPS), said it had agreed to the proposal. That move made it likely other bondholders would follow suit, creditor bank officials said, allowing the shipbuilder to meet conditions of a $2.6 billion bank bailout.

26 Mar 2017

BW LPG Refinances Six Ex-Aurora Ships

Photo: BW LPG

BW LPG Limited has signed a Debt Facility Agreement of USD290 million for the re-financing of six 2016 built ex-Aurora ships. The re-financing has been raised from The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) as ECA (Export Credit Agency) lender, with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore branch and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited as Mandated Lead Arrangers. ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore branch also acted as coordinator and facility agent. The all-in cost for this financing is LIBOR plus 1.88%, with a 16-year amortization profile.

23 Mar 2017

Daewoo Shipbuilding to Get Fresh $2.6 Bln Bailout

File photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd

South Korean state banks are preparing a fresh $2.6 billion bailout for floundering Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, which has built up huge losses from offshore projects and risks missing debt repayments. Daewoo, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries are South Korea's top shipbuilders - a massive economic force and a source of national pride. But they slipped into the red in 2015 amid a commodities downturn and bleak trade volumes, prompting cost cuts and asset sales. Of the three, Daewoo's situation is the most difficult.

02 Mar 2017

SocGen Arranges Financing for Oman Shipping's Tanker Play

Oman Shipping Company, wholly owned by the government of Oman, raised $227 million in debt to back the purchase of 10 tankers, Societe Generale said on Thursday.   Societe Generale was the sole arranger and sole underwriter of the transaction, which comprised a combination of commercial debt and export credit agency financing.   The commercial portion of the debt package also involved Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, the Korea Development Bank and ABN Amro. Reporting by Davide Barbuscia

08 Feb 2017

Korea Bank Puts 10 Hanjin Vessels Up for Sale

File Image: a Hanjin Boxship underway (CREDIT: Hanjin)

Korea Development Bank, the main creditor of the dissolved Hanjin Shipping Co. and state-owned entity, has put 10 Hanjin vessels up for sale in order to source back elements of its extended loans, reports Yonhap. According to the sources, potential buyers are required to submit their bids for the ships — two container ships and eight bulk carriers — by Feb. 21. Previously a South Korean court agreed to formally end Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd’s court receivership process after a two week appeal period, ending the business.

25 Jan 2017

Korean Government to Fund HMM Vessels

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

South Korean shipping unit will purchase Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) vessels for USD 515 million and lease them back to the container carrier at favorable charter rates as part of a state aid program. Korea Shipping Co., a new entity servicing troubled shippers will act as a shipping bank to buy vessels from shippers to lease them back to help them out of financial troubles, was launched on Tuesday on initial paid-in capital of 1 trillion won. HMM will become the first beneficiary of the Korean government rescue schemes for shipping through the Korea Shipping Co.

22 Jan 2017

Scorpio lines up $172m in loans for newbuilds

Photo Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that the Company has received commitments for a loan facility of up to $172 million from a group of financial institutions including Macquarie Bank Limited (London Branch), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale ("DekaBank"), The Export-Import Bank of Korea ("KEXIM") and Garanti-Instituttet for Eksportkreditt ("GIEK"). The loan facility, which is composed of multiple tranches, will be used to finance up to 60% of the market value of eight MR product tankers under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. which are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

19 Jan 2017

Scorpio Tankers Secures $172m for Eight Vessels

Photo: Scorpio Tankers

Tanker carrier Scorpio Tankers has landed a loan deal for USD 172 million. The money will finance 60 percent of eight new MR product tankers which are currently under construction in South Korea. The company said in a press release that it has received commitments for a loan facility of up to $172 million from a group of financial institutions including Macquarie Bank Limited (London Branch), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale (DekaBank), The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and Garanti-Instituttet for Eksportkreditt (GIEK).

10 Nov 2016

S.Korea State Banks to Inject $2.4 Bln into Daewoo Shipbuilding

Struggling Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd's will receive an injection of 2.8 trillion won ($2.4 billion) from two state-run creditor banks to save it from being delisted, one of the lenders said.   Daewoo's main creditor, Korea Development Bank (KDB), said in a statement it will cancel about 60 million of its Daewoo shares, and reduce the remaining stake by a ratio of ten shares to one to cut the ship builder's debt-to-asset ratio.   It will then inject 1.8 trillion won ($1.6 billion) in Daewoo in a debt-for-equity swap.   The Export-Import Bank of Korea will buy 1 trillion won in Daewoo-issued perpetual bonds to shore up Daewoo's finances, KDB added. ($1 = 1,149.3900 won) (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

02 Nov 2016

DSME Creditors Mull Equity Swap

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

Creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) are set to announce a debt-for-equity swap and other measures, worth 3 trillion won (US$2.62 billion), reports Yonhap. Korea Development Bank (KDB), a main creditor of DSME, said that the bank will accept debt-to-equity swaps worth at least 1.6 trillion won ($1.4 billion) to keep the company operating with sufficient financial liquidity. KDB along with  the other creditor Export-Import Bank of Korea (EXIM Bank) would provide a combined 4.2 trillion won worth of financial aid to Daewoo Shipbuilding…

02 Nov 2016

Korea Dreams it Big for HMM

File Photo: HMM

The government of South Korea has decided to help Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), the nation’s only major shipping line, grow into a mega shipper by all means available, reports Business Korea. The state plans to provide loans of up to 6.5 trillion won (US$5.68 billion) to domestic shipping firms, including HMM, so that they can grow in size and survive in the global chicken game. The government has  announced plans to raise the competitiveness of the shipbuilding and shipping industries.

17 Oct 2016

Korea to Inject $2.64 bln into DSME

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

South Korea's state-run banks are expected to raise more than 3 trillion won (US$2.64 billion) to prevent Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) from being delisted, reports Korea Herald. Both are reportedly planning to draw up detailed plans within the month. The funds will be injected into the ailing shipbuilder through debt-equity swap or by purchasing newly issued shares. Meanwhile, Pulse reported that despite a recent outside audit report questioning the viability of DSME…

27 Sep 2016

Sonagol Deepens DSME's Woes

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

Concerns were growing again over liquidity woes of Soth Korea's largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), as the Angolan oil major Sonangol EP is likely to delay the takeover of its drill ships once again. According to The Korea Herald, DSME was planning to deliver the two drill ships to Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol by this month to receive the remaining contract fee of $1 billion. The South Korean shipbuilder has completed building two drill ships…

13 Sep 2016

South Korea: 'Tough Luck' to Hanjin

The South Korean government, long a bastion of support for the country's big conglomerates, is sticking to its hard-line stance on Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd , whose collapse is roiling global supply chains. Since the world's seventh-largest container carrier filed for court receivership in late August, the government has sought to limit the impact on the export-dependent economy and Hanjin customers but is otherwise leaving the company to fend for itself. "It now is entirely up to the court," a government official closely linked to the matter told Reuters, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. South Korea has said no government or central bank money will be directly injected into firms undergoing restructuring in the ailing shipping and shipbuilding industries.

30 Aug 2016

Banks Halt Support for Hanjin

file Image (Credit: Hanjin)

A bankruptcy would be biggest ever for a container shipper. Hanjin Shipping Co's banks are halting support for the South Korean company, its lead creditor said, making it likely the nation's largest shipper is headed for bankruptcy as it is dragged down by a deep global industry downturn. South Korea's shipbuilders and shipping firms, which underpinned decades of economic growth, are reeling under debt after racking up losses amid a downturn caused by overcapacity and sluggish trade, forcing state banks to pick winners.

05 Aug 2016

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Sees Income Rise

Photo: Navig8 Group

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc reported its net income at $9.6 million, against a net income of $2.9 million seen in the three months ended June 30, 2015. Continued growth of the company’s operating fleet with the delivery of Navig8 Turquoise, a 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker and Navig8 Sirius, a 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker, in the second quarter of 2016 and Navig8 Topaz, a -49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker in July 2016. It has secured $286.2 million to finance the company’s newbuilding program.

26 Jul 2016

Samil PwC Okays Hyundai's Management Improvement Plan

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is notified by Samil PwC, a local member of the global accounting firm PwC, that its 3.5 trillion won worth management improvement plan is good enough for HHI to make operating profits and secure liquidity even in the worst case scenario. The announcement is the result of due diligence that had been conducted by Samil PwC for 10 weeks from May 23 this year at the request of HHI’s main creditor banks including the Export-Import Bank of Korea and KEB-Hana Bank.

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