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Hapag-Lloyd sells 7 ships in leaseback deal to increase liquidity

GERMAN container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has sold seven 9,326 TEU container ships to China's Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (Bocomm Leasing) for an undisclosed price

26 July 2020 - 19:00

GERMAN container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has sold seven 9,326 TEU container ships to China's Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (Bocomm Leasing) for an undisclosed price.

It's understands that the en bloc sale for the vessels, Cauquenes, Cautin, Cisnes, Cochrane, Coyhaique, Corcovado and Copiapo, was agreed early in May 2020 and July, the vessels were re-registered to special purpose vehicles owned by Bocomm Leasing.



At the time of the sale, each vessel had a market valuation of around US$74 million, according to brokers, reports Container News, Jacksonville.



The ships, operated by Hapag-Lloyd's Chilean subsidiary Compania Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) on Asia-South America services, were built by Samsung Heavy Industries between 2014 and 2015.



A spokesperson for Hapag-Lloyd said that the German liner operator is leasing back all the vessels. 'As part of our 'Performance Safeguarding Programme', we were able to get these ships into extremely attractive financing and generated a good amount of liquidity. The ships are leased back by us on a long-term charter and can be taken over again by us at the end of the lease term.'



The lease duration for these vessels has been agreed at 12 years.



Hapag-Lloyd's Performance Safeguarding Programme, launched this year in response to the pandemic, consists of cost-saving measures to tackle the impact on cargo volumes. Additionally, the company wants to secure liquidity and re-evaluate investment plans.



Despite the challenging situation facing liner operators, Bocomm Leasing has been acquiring container ships since the start of 2020.



In June, the Chinese finance lessor acquired five 12,690 TEU ships from Greek tonnage provider Costamare; In March, Bocomm Leasing purchased four 11,923 TEU ships from Canadian owner Seaspan Corporation. During the same month, Bocomm Leasing acquired two 9,954 TEU ships and two 8,204 TEU ships from Navios Maritime, which were chartered to Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM unit ANL.


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