Hafnia Tankers seals sale and leaseback for LR1 pair

Denmark’s Hafnia Tankers has completed two sale and leaseback transactions with Sole Shipping Special Opportunities Fund II for 2010-built LR1 tankers Hafnia Asia and Hafnia Arctic.

The vessels have been sold to Sole Shipping’s subsidiary Skaatholmen Shipping, and will be bareboat chartered back for a period of seven years. There are annual purchase options included in the deal from year two onwards and a purchase obligation at the end of the charter.

Hafnia Tankers, which is now 43.5% owned by Singapore’s BW Group, says that the deal will add around $19m to its liquidity.

Earlier this year, the company sealed a sale and leaseback deal in Japan for 2010-built LR1 Hafnia Australia.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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