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Scorpio sells another six MR tankers to CMB Leasing

SCORPIO Tankers has agreed to sell six medium-range tankers to CMB Financial Leasing in a leaseback deal as part of its efforts to improve liquidity The vessels are,STI BATTERY, STI MILWAUKEE,STI TRIBECA,STI BRONX, STI MANHATTAN and STI SENECA, the New York-listed owner said in a statement. It is expected to shore up the company’s liquidity by $52m after the repayment of outstanding debt. As part of the agreements, Scorpio will bareboat-charter in the vessels for eight years. The STI BRONX moored in Melbourne In each agreement, the owner has a purchase option at the start of the fourth year and a purchase obligation upon charter expiration CMB Leasing, a subsidiary of China Merchants Bank, is one of the major shipping lessor in China. The deal comes after Scorpio already announced sale-and-leaseback pacts with two Chinese lessors — AVIC International Leasing and Huarong Shipping Financial Leasing — last month for nine MR tankers and two long-range-two tankers in total. Before the deals with Huarong Leasing and CMB Leasing was formally announced, Lloyd’s List earlier reported that Scorpio was in talk with a number of large Chinese leasing houses to finalise similar deals, involving more than 20 ships worth more than $700m in contract value.


Source: Lloydslist







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