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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Navios Maritime Containers Acquires Boxship

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Navios Maritime Containers, a growth vehicle dedicated to the container sector, announced that it has acquired the Navios Felicitas, a 2010-built, 4,360 TEU containership for a purchase price of USD 11.45 million. The vessel was delivered to Navios Containers’ fleet in December 2017. Navios Containers financed the acquisition of the vessel with cash on its balance sheet and $6.0 million of bank debt under one of its existing credit facilities. Following this acquisition, Navios Containers controls 21 vessels, totaling 88,820 TEU.

Bahri Dry Bulk Secures Newbuild Finance

New vessels being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be used to cater to the growing demand for the import of essential grains into Saudi Arabia. Photo: Bahri Dry Bulk

Bahri Dry Bulk, a business unit of global transportation and logistics leader Bahri, has announced that it has secured a Sharia-compliant funding of SAR 360 million (USD 96mln) from Bank Albilad, one of the fast-growing banks in Saudi Arabia. The fund is to finance the purchase of four new bulk carriers as part of an agreement signed by the company‎ in 2017 with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a member of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea.

Capital Product Partners Buys Aframax

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners has announced that its Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of the eco-type crude tanker ‘Aristaios' (112,800 dwt, Ice Class 1C, built 2017, Daehan Shipbuilding, S. Korea) for a total consideration of $52.5 million from the Partnership's sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading. The M/T ‘Aristaios' is currently employed under a time charter to Tesoro Far East Maritime Company (‘Tesoro') at a gross daily rate of $26,400. The Tesoro charter commenced in January 2017 with duration of five years +/- 45 days.

Scorpio Tankers Announces Financing for Four Ships

Scorpio Tankers Inc. signed a committed term sheet for a $92m credit facility with Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB to partially finance four of the five newbuilding 52,000 DWT product tankers (MRs) that the Company has contracted to be built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The Company also announced amendments to the financial covenants in its existing credit facilities. Emanuele Lauro, CEO of Scorpio Tankers, commented, "We are pleased to have two additional strong international commercial banks as part of our banking group. We are looking forward to working with CA-CIB and SEB, and the rest of our banking group.

Scorpio Tankers says Upsized and Extended Credit Facility

Courtesy Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced the upsizing and extension of its BNP Paribas Credit Facility. The Company has received an additional $27.6 million commitment from BNP Paribas to upsize its BNP Paribas Credit Facility. The $27.6 million increase of the bilateral financing will bear interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.30% per annum, has a final maturity of December 2021, and will be used to refinance the existing indebtedness on two MR product tankers (2013 built) at the lesser of $13.8 million and 48% of the fair market value of each respective vessel.

Trico Announces Completion of New Senior Secured Credit Facility

Trico Marine Services, Inc. refinancing of its existing U.S. revolving credit facility ("U.S. Facility"). The Company refinanced the U.S. add operating flexibility. credit facility ("New Credit Facility") is secured by 43 supply vessels. original issue discount of 2.0% and is subject to incurrence-based covenants. offering expenses. U.S. general corporate purposes. February 2009 and will have two years of call protection. also provide incremental available liquidity.

Horizon Lines Amends Credit Agreement

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Scorpio Tankers $150M Credit Facility, Form F-3

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) ("Scorpio Tankers" or the "Company") announced today that the Company executed a credit facility with Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, DnB NOR Bank ASA, acting through its New York branch, and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. for a senior secured term loan facility of up to $150 million and filed a shelf registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 2011 Credit Facility will be used to finance 50% of the two 2008 built 51,000 DWT product tankers that the Company agreed to acquire last week. The aggregate purchase price for the vessels is $70.0 million. The vessels are charter free and are scheduled to be delivered to the Company in the first half of May 2011.

Euronav NV Gets $1.6B Bank Facility

Euronav NV signed a $1.6 billion senior secured credit facility with Nordea and DnB NOR acting as lead arrangers, Nordea as sole bookrunner and facility agent and Calyon, Citibank, Deutsche Schiffsbank, HSH Nordbank, Hypo-Vereinsbank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Scotiabank acting as co-arrangers. The credit facility, which was oversubscribed by more than 58%, consists of a term loan of USD 865 million, a non-amortising revolving loan facility of USD 500 million and additional term loan of up to USD 235 million, which will be available for the purpose of financing vessels scheduled to be delivered within the next two years. The credit facilities have 8 year maturity as from the date of closing at a rate of LIBOR +0.80%.

Hornbeck Offshore Closes New Revolving Credit Facility

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has closed on a new five- year senior secured revolving credit facility that increased the amount of the borrowing base, extended the maturity, lowered the interest rate and improved the financial flexibility of the covenant package of the Company's prior revolving credit facility, commensurate with its enhanced credit standing. The new revolving credit facility has increased the Company's borrowing base from $60 million to $100 million, with an accordion feature that allows for the potential expansion of the facility up to $250 million in total. The new facility has also extended the maturity of the prior facility from February 2009 to September 2011.

Quintana Shareholders Approve Excel Merger

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. (NYSE: EXM) and Quintana Maritime Limited (NASDAQ: QMAR) jointly announced that at a special meeting of Quintana’s shareholders held April 14, 2008, Quintana’s shareholders voted to approve the merger agreement pursuant to which Excel will acquire Quintana. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each issued and outstanding share of Quintana common stock will be converted into the right to receive (i) $13.00 in cash and (ii) 0.4084 Excel Class A common shares. The 0.4084 exchange ratio will be reduced to reflect the $0.31 dividend paid by Quintana to its shareholders on March 7, 2008, in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement. Excel and Quintana expect the merger to close on or about April 15, 2008.

Trico Announces $50M Refinancing of Credit Facility

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new $50 million revolving credit facility to refinance its previous $45 million credit facility. The new facility will mature on December 18, 2005, and is structured as a senior secured revolving credit facility. Proceeds from the facility will be used for working capital needs, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. The facility will be secured by mortgages on substantially all of the company's Gulf of Mexico class supply boats and crew boats. The new facility, containing customary terms and conditions, replaces the previous facility, which was scheduled to expire in June 2003. Nordea acted as lead arranger and book runner for the new facility and will serve as administrative agent.

ACL Enters Into New $400mRevolving Credit Facility

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has entered into a new $400m bank revolving credit facility led by Wells Fargo Bank as administrative agent. The revolver has a five year term, a variable interest rate based on LIBOR and varies with ACL's level of debt to EBITDA. The variable interest rate spread at closing was 62.5 basis points over LIBOR. The new credit facility replaces the existing $250 million asset based facility that was entered into on February 11, 2005 and would have expired in February 2010. Under the new loan agreement, the Company has an option to increase the size of the credit facility up to an additional $200 million to a total facility size of $600 million.

Euronav to Receive $750 Million Credit Facility

The executive committee of Euronav NV announced that it has signed a new $750 million forward start senior secured credit facility led by Nordea Bank Norge ASA and DnB Nor Bank ASA acting as Lead Arranger and Bookrunners and ABN Amro Bank N.V., Fortis Bank SA/NV, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Danish Ship Finance, Danske bank A/S, ING Belgium SA/NV, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) acting as Lead Arrangers and ITF International Transport Finance AG and ScotiaBank (Ireland) Limited acting as Co-Arrangers and Banque LBLux S.A., KBC Bank NV and Dexia Bank Belgium SA/NV. Nordea is also the facility agent. The credit facility is comprised of a $250 million non-amortising revolving credit facility and a $500 million term loan facility.

Scorpio Tankers Increase Q1 2014 Dividend

Photo: Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. has reported its results for the 3 months ended March 31, 2014 including the announcement of a US$100-Million stock buyback program and a quarterly dividend for shareholders. Closed on the previously announced sales agreement of seven VLCCs under construction for a gain of $51.4 million. Took delivery of three MR tankers under the Company's Newbuilding Program, STI Texas City, in March 2014, and STI Opera and STI Duchessa, in January 2014. Converted the Newbuilding…

Euronav Gets Credit Line of $ 410mln

Photo: Euronav NV

Euronav NV announces has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on 16 December 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital purposes. The credit facility was used to refinance the USD 500 million senior secured credit facility dated 25 March 2014 and will mature on 31 January 2023 carrying a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25%. Hugo De Stoop, CFO of Euronav said: “This new facility will provide a lot of flexibility for Euronav.

Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing

Photo courtesy Euronav NV

Tanker shipping company Euronav NV announced it has signed a new $410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital purposes. The credit facility was used to refinance the $500 million senior secured credit facility dated March 25, 2014 and will mature on January 31, 2023 carrying a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25 percent.

CP Ships Closes on $525M Credit Facility

CP Ships Limited has closed on a five-year $525 million secured multicurrency revolving credit facility. and one for $350 million completed in March 2002. general corporate purposes including capital expenditure and acquisitions. Pricing is linked to credit ratings. 0.44% payable on the undrawn portion. the facility, the applicable margin will increase by 0.15%. mandated lead arrangers. banks with extensive experience of lending to the shipping industry.

Euronav Announces $340m Credit Facility

The executive committee of Euronav NV announced that it has signed a new $340 million senior secured credit facility led by ING Bank NV acting as sole Bookrunner and together with Citibank NA, Danish Ship Finance A/S, DnB Bank ASA and KBC Bank NV acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers whilst Belfius Bank NV, BNP Paribas Fortis NV, Deutsche bank AG and ITF International Transport Finance Suisse AG are acting as Lead Arrangers. ING is also the facility agent. The credit facility comprises of (i) a $192 million term loan facility and (ii) up to $148 million non-amortising revolving credit facility. The facility will be available as from today for the purpose of (i) refinancing four Suezmax vessels: the Cap Felix (2008 – 158…

Aker American Shipping SecuresFinancing for Tankers

Senior secured credit facility of $770m with Fortis closed at delivery of first tanker Aker American Shipping has, concurrently with the delivery of the first Product Tanker, closed a senior secured credit facility of $770m with Fortis as Agent, financing its long term ownership of the first 10 vessels. The facility secures permanent financing for the first 10 product tankers and provides for an advance of $80m per vessel. The facility refinances the $350m facility currently in place for the first five product tankers that provided for an advance of $70m per vessel. AKASA has also entered into interest rate swaps, which secure the interest rate of the new credit facility.

Genco Amends $1.4b Credit Facility

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced on Jan. 26 that it has entered into an agreement to amend the company's $1.4b credit facility. DnB NOR Bank ASA and Bank of Scotland PLC acted as the lead arrangers of the ten-year facility. Under terms of the amended ten-year $1.4b facility, the collateral maintenance requirement will be waived until such time that Genco is in a position to satisfy the covenant and certain other conditions. Genco will continue to be able to borrow the undrawn portion of the loan during the waiver period. Amounts borrowed under the amended facility begin to reduce on March 31, 2009 at $12.5m per quarter and will bear interest at LIBOR plus 2.00%.

China Development Bank Grants Paragon Credit Facility

Greece's Paragon Shipping Inc. obtains a $69-million credit facility with China Development Bank  to partially finance its two 4,800 TEU containerships currently under construction. The two container ships on order are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2014, and the company has granted an option to its subsidiary, Box Ships Inc., until its initial public offering in 2011, to acquire the vessels at any time prior to their delivery to Paragon Shipping. The CDB Credit Facility, which is available for drawdown upon the delivery of the vessels subject to certain contingencies and conditions, will be used to finance the lower of 60% of the construction cost of the vessels, or 80% of the vessels' market value at delivery. The facility matures ten years after the drawdown date.

Trafigura Clinches $5.1 Bln Loan as Trading Grows

Swiss commodities trader Trafigura has signed a $5.1 billion European revolving credit facility aimed at financing its growing operations. Trafigura, which reported in December an annual profit of $1.1 billion as it racked up record oil trading volumes, also said on Thursday it had closed a 46 million yen ($413 million) three-year loan, almost doubling the size of its 2014 Samurai Loan. Trading houses require large credit lines in order to finance shipments of commodities such as oil, gas and metals. Trafigura's 2015 profits were boosted by a 17 percent increase in the volume of commodities traded by its main divisions - oil and metals - to 198.4 million tonnes.

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