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MOL SECURES FINANCE FOR LARGEST LNG BUNKER VESSEL

Monday, December 23, 2019 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed its first 'green loan', the proceeds of which will be used to partially finance the construction of the world's largest LNG bunkering vessel, with capacity of 18,600m3, which will be owned and operated by MOL in Northern Europe to supply LNG to large container ships.

The loan is provided by BNP Paribas (BNPP) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), with both banks acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers and BNPP acting as Sole Green Structuring Advisor.

Green Loans are used to raise funds for businesses aimed at protecting and improving the environment. MOL's goals include 'developing environment and emission-free businesses into core businesses' as well as addressing environmental issues in advance of 2030.

Matthew Forrest, Head of Shipping, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas, said, "LNG bunkering vessels have a key role to play in meeting the shipping industry's growing appetite to use LNG as a cleaner fuel alternative. With the IMO2020 SOx regulation and the upcoming IMO2050 framework on GHG and CO2 emissions, BNP Paribas is pleased to have acted as Mandated Lead Arranger and Sole Green Structuring Advisor to help MOL in financing one of the world's largest LNG bunkering vessels. This is clearly a milestone transaction as it is the first green loan worldwide financing this vessel category. As a leader in both shipping finance and sustainable finance, BNP Paribas is driving green initiatives for clients globally as the shipping industry goes through a period of rapid transformation to drastically cut its carbon output and improve its sustainability performance."

CEXIM advocates the idea of green credit and green finance, and endeavours to place greater emphasis on supporting green vessels that are compliant with the trend of sustainability and environmental protection.

The MOL Group views responses to stricter environmental regulations and activities to reduce its environmental impact as opportunities to create new businesses, diversify its business portfolio and address new challenges in technical innovation.

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