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Hafnia acquires 32-strong fuel-efficient tanker fleet

Singapore-based tanker owner and operator Hafnia has unveiled the decision to acquire 32 fuel-efficient IMO II product/chemical tankers.

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As informed, the company has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire all outstanding shares in Chemical Tankers Inc (CTI) (formerly Navig8 Chemical Tankers), thereby taking over control of CTI’s fleet of 32 vessels.

The CTI fleet consists exclusively of high specification ECO design vessels and is comprised of six MR 49,000 dwt IMO II coated tankers built in Korea between 2015 and 2016, eighteen Handy 38,000 dwt IMO II coated tankers built in Korea between 2015 and 2016 and eight Intermediate 25,000 dwt IMO II Stainless Steel tankers built in Japan between 2016 and 2017.

In exchange for all outstanding shares in CTI, CTI’s shareholders will receive shares in Hafnia representing 21.5% of the outstanding shares in the combined entity.

Following the transaction, and based on the current shareholding in CTI, CTI’s major shareholder, funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, will hold 20.4% of the shares in the combined entity.

According to Hafnia, the deal underscores its commitment to grow its platform to maximise stakeholder value. Consolidation enables Hafnia to achieve improved earnings capability through the shipping cycle. What is more, the transaction will complement Hafnia’s existing commercial activities in the Handy and MR segments whilst enabling enhanced trading flexibility through the ability to carry both clean petroleum products and chemicals, limiting ballast time by optimising triangulation and offering material cost synergies.

“The addition of the CTI fleet will help enhance our resilience in the face of volatile markets and create a more sustainable and future-proof transportation business that will include the ability to transport methanol, in addition to many other cargoes,” Mikael Skov, Hafnia CEO, commented.

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For CTI’s shareholders, the agreement is said to represent an opportunity to enhance its returns through access to greater economies of scale, lower cost of debt and upside exposure to a recovering product tanker market.

“This merger is the culmination of a thorough strategic process. It will allow CTI shareholders to benefit from the scale and commercial capabilities of Hafnia, while enabling Hafnia to expand its platform with a sizeable and young ECO design IMO II product/chemical tanker fleet,” Guillaume Bayol, Managing Director at Oaktree, said.

The transaction remains subject to consent or waivers from some of CTI’s existing financiers, and Hafnia expects the deal to close before the 1st of February 2022.

Following the latest transaction, Hafnia will operate a fleet of 233 product and chemical tankers, making it the world’s largest operator in the product and chemical tanker segment. Its owned and chartered-in fleet will grow to 133 product and chemical tankers ranging in size from 25,000 dwt to 115,000 dwt.

The acquisition will reduce the average age of Hafnia’s fleet to 7 years and increase the proportion of ECO ships in the Hafnia fleet. This marks a significant milestone on Hafnia’s journey towards more sustainable shipping, contributing to ongoing efforts to modernise the fleet and introduce operational efficiencies resulting in improved environmental performance.

The company continues to be on track to achieve the IMO’s 2030 goal of a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2028.