来源： Marine Link 2018-12-18
翻译：国际海事信息网 王雅媛 张运鸿
总部位于百慕大的国际船舶融资(Ship Finance International，简称SFL)和位于亚洲的一家机构签订了价值2.7亿美元的租赁融资合同，为2018年收购的3艘10600 TEU集装箱船提供资金。
该船舶拥有及租赁公司表示，船舶将以长期定租船的方式受雇于马士基航运公司（Maersk Line A/S）直到2024年，且可以选择延期另租4年。
此外，SFL已将2002年建造的VLCC “Front Falcon”轮交付给了它的新主人。该船在2018年11月宣布出售，净销售价格约为3070万美元。在出售“Front Falcon”轮之后，SFL 的2004年初始船队中仅留有1艘船。
SFL首席执行官Ole B. Hjertaker发表评论表示：“我们在几周内筹集了近7亿美元，而这一持续不断的筹集极具竞争力资本的能力，让我们能够在面对层出不穷的机会时迅速采取行动。这也使我们能够继续扩大和更新投资组合，提高投资能力。”
Ship Finance International in USD 270mln Pact for Three Vessels
Bermuda-based Ship Finance International (SFL) has entered into lease financing agreements totaling $270 million with an Asian-based institution to finance three 10,600 TEU container vessels acquired in 2018.
The vessels are employed under long term time charters to Maersk Line A/S until 2024, with options to extend the charters by up to four additional years, the ship owning and chartering company said.
Each Lease Financing has a term of more than 10 years, with an option to purchase the vessel back after six years, at expiry of the firm period of the charters to Maersk. A portion of the proceeds from the Lease Financings have been used to refinance the $200 million loan facility arranged at the time of the acquisition.
The interest rate of the Lease Financings is very attractive, and the transactions free up approximately $70 million of investment capacity, which is expected to be deployed in new investments. This transaction follows the recently announced $400 million lease financing on four 14,000 TEU vessels chartered to Evergreen, a leading Asia-based liner company.
In addition, SFL has delivered the 2002 built VLCC Front Falcon to its new owner. The sale of the vessel was previously announced in November 2018, and the net sales price was approximately $30.7 million. Following the sale of the Front Falcon, Ship Finance only has one vessel remaining from the Company's initial fleet in 2004.
Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, said in a comment: "Our continued ability to source highly competitive capital, with nearly $700 million raised in the matter of few weeks, allows us to act swiftly on accretive opportunities. This has allowed us to continue to expand and renew our portfolio and simultaneously increase our investment capacity."
SFL's fleet of more than 80 vessels is split between tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets, and Ship Finance's long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time.