Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., together with Euronav NV, announced a $500 million senior secured term loan to finance the acquisition of TI Asia and TI Africa by joint venture companies owned equally by Euronav and OSG and the conversion of the ships into FSO (Floating Storage Offloading) service vessels. The vessels are scheduled to deliver to Maersk Oil Qatar on the Al Shaheen field offshore Qatar and start operation respectively on July and September 2009.
The credit facility is provided by ING, Fokus Bank, Fortis Bank (Belgium), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, BNP Paribas and Nordea, acting as lead arrangers and ING as global coordinator and facility agent, and Danish Ship Finance, Deutsche Schiffsbank, Dexia Bank, Scotia Bank and Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen acting as co-arrangers. The facility has an eight-year maturity from the delivery dates of each of the two vessels on site. Borrowings under this facility bear interest at a rate based on LIBOR.
OSG and Euronav's success at securing this bank facility during such a difficult financial market emphasizes not only the strength of the project and the charterer but also the strong support these banks have in both OSG and Euronav.
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