KfW IPEX-Bank financing the construction of a cruise ship for the Asian market at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg
– High-volume financing for the strong-growth Asian cruise market
– Support for exporters and for Germany as a shipbuilding location
KfW IPEX-Bank is financing the cruise ship, which was commissioned
at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg last October by Star
Cruises, the leading cruise line in Asian Pacific. The corresponding
agreements were signed on Wednesday.
The purchase price for the ship is around EUR 700 million. The
financing to the tune of just under EUR 600 million will be paid in
US dollars and has a term of 12 years from delivery.
KfW IPEX-Bank has structured the overall financing and is
providing the entire loan amount together with Crédit Agricole
Corporate and Investment Bank and the Singapore branch of DNB Bank
ASA. The financing is backed by export credit insurance issued by the
German Federal Government (covered by Euler Hermes) and encompasses
the Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR) for ships, which is
determined by the OECD.
„With this high-volume financing, we are underlining both our
expertise in structuring within the cruise ship industry and our role
as one of the world–s leading players in ship financing. We are also
helping to support German exporters, especially North Germany as a
shipbuilding location,“ explained Christian K. Murach, the
responsible Management Board member at KfW IPEX-Bank.
The new vessel has a gross tonnage of about 150,000, more than
1,600 passenger cabins on 18 decks and a length of approximately 330
metres. Consequently, it will not only be the largest ship in Star
Cruises– fleet; it will also be counted among the biggest cruise
ships based out of Asia.
As a modern cruise ship tailored to the Asian market, it will
feature in particular an extensive range of entertainment and
shopping facilities. Around 3,100 Meyer Werft employees and some
20,000 employees of suppliers and partner companies are all
collaborating on this project.
With delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, Star
Cruises is set to increase its fleet to eight ships. The company
recently commissioned the Meyer Werft shipyard to construct another
(sister) ship, which is to be brought into service in the fourth
quarter of 2017.
Star Cruises, together with its associate Norwegian Cruise Line,
is the third largest cruise operator in the world. Star Cruises
belongs to Genting Hong Kong Limited, a company listed on the main
board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and traded on the
Global Quote of the Singapore Exchange and Securities Trading Limited
and active in the leisure, tourism and entertainment industries.
The Meyer Werft shipyard has a long history – dating back more
than 200 years – and is now owned by the seventh generation of the
Meyer family. It builds state-of-the-art cruise ships, among other
commissions, for shipping companies from all over the globe and is
the most important employer in the Papenburg region.
About KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
Within the KfW Group, KfW IPEX-Bank is responsible for
international project and export finance. Its function of providing
financing to boost the German and European economy is derived from
the legal mandate assigned to KfW. It offers medium- and long-term
financing to support key export industries, to develop economic and
social infrastructure and to fund environmental and climate
protection projects. KfW IPEX-Bank operates as a legally independent
group subsidiary and plays a major role in fulfilling KfW–s
promotional mission. It is represented in the most important economic
and financial centres across the globe.
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