Middle East

Japanese financing for Qatar Shipping

Doha: Qatar Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of Milaha, has secured a 12-year $425m fixed-term ship financing facility with a consortium of the following banks:  The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, Shinsei Bank, Limited, Development Bank of Japan Inc. and Standard Chartered Bank.   

Proceeds from the facility will be utilised by all four JV partners to refinance existing debt facilities on four LNG vessels Fuwairit, Lusail, Al Thakhira and Al-Deebel.  The four vessels are owned by JV companies, wholly-owned by vessel sponsors:  Qatar Shipping Company, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha – all chartered to Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company in Qatar on a long-time charter basis. [24/01/14]


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