Bahri Lands Financing for VLCC Trio

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a loan facility with Alinma Bank worth 700 million riyal (USD 186.7 million).

The loan will be used to finance acquisition of three Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), Bahri said in a filing.

As disclosed, the loan would cover 80 percent of the value of the ships and would be repaid in semi-annual installments with a six-month grace period. Under the terms of the loan, the facility would run for ten years and the final payment would consist of 30 percent of the loan amount.

Bahri said that the ships in question are two second hand VLCCs, Voss Spirit & Hemesdal Spirit, built in 2010, bought in December 2015 from Alpha and Beta VLCC LLC, a subsidiary of Tanker Investment at a total purchase price of USD 155 million.

The third ship, is 2011-built Hanjin Ras Tanura, acquired in February this year for USD 75 million.

The trio was slated for delivery to Bahri in Q1 of 2016.

World Maritime News Staff

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