Himalaya Shipping secures financing for LNG-fueled bulkers

Tor Olav Trøim’s Himalaya Shipping said it has completed financing for its LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulk carriers currently under construction in China.

Himalaya said in a statement on Thursday it had signed definitive documentation for the sale leaseback financing on ships five to twelve.

In February, the company entered into sale lease back arrangements for the first four LNG-powered newbuildings.

The company has now secured sale leaseback financing for its complete newbuilding program of twelve 208,000-dwt LNG dual-fuel bulk carriers at New Times Shipbuilding in Jiangsu.

Also, the financing covers the remaining instalments to the shipyard and secures “attractive financing” for seven years from delivery, Himalaya said.

“The sale leaseback financing offers both pre and post delivery financing. The company has customary purchase options at certain dates in the future,” it said.

Himalaya plans to take delivery of the 300 meters long ships in the period spanning from March 2023 until September 2024.

According to Himalaya, the vessels have a total price tag of about $830 million.

The firm, registered on Euronext NOTC, recently said it was still in talks to find work for its LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulk carriers.

Himalaya would name the vessels Mount Kilimanjaro, Ita, Etna, Blanc, Matterhorn, Nebilna, Bandeira, Hua, Elbrus, Emal, Denali, and Aconcagua.

The sister ships will feature MAN ME-GI propulsion but also two type C LNG tanks with a total capacity of about 7,500 cbm.

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