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DHT secures $50m scrubber financing

Financing structured through increase of DHT's existing $300m credit facility.

Image credit: DHT Holdings

Updated on 25 Sep 2018 01:05 GMT

Tanker vessel owner DHT Holdings has announced that it has secured $50m financing for its previously announced scrubber retrofit project, subject to final documentation.

The financing is structured through an increase of the existing $300m secured credit facility entered into in the second quarter of 2017.

The extended facility will bear the same interest rate equal to Libor +2.40 percent. It is available immediately and will have quarterly repayments of $2.5m, commencing in the second quarter of 2020.

DHT said all seven banks in the existing facility - Nordea, ABN Amro, Danish Ship Finance, DNB, ING, SEB and Swedbank - participated in the increased financing.

Co-CEOs Svein Moxnes Harfjeld and Trygve P. Munthe remarked: "We are very pleased with the solid support from our banking universe in financing this attractive investment for DHT. We have obtained competitive terms with a structure tailored to the execution of the project."

Last month, DHT said that it expected to spend $55m on retrofitting scrubbers on 12 of its VLCCs built between 2004 and 2012.

These 12 Alfa Laval systems - all set to be installed in 2019 - will be in addition to the two being installed on the newbuilds DHT Bronco and DHT Mustang, which are slated for delivery later this quarter from Hyundai Heavy Industries.

As a result, DHT is set to have a total of 14 VLCCs equipped with scrubbers when the IMO's global sulphur cap is implemented on January 1, 2020.

Cost breakdown

Discussing the $55m due to be spent on the 12 scrubbers, co-CEO Svein Moxnes Harfjeld explained in August that it would roughly break down into 40 percent of the cost allocated towards the scrubber systems, 40 percent going to the shipyard and the remaining 20 percent for engineering and ancillary expenses.

This means around $44m of the expenses is to be equally divided between the scrubbers and the shipyard, with approximately $11 spent on engineering and ancillary expenses.

Time out of action

Of the 12 ships due to be retrofitted next year with scrubbers, three already have natural dry dock days next year, whilst the other nine vessels look set to be out of action for around 30 days so that the work can be carried out.

Further scrubber installations not discounted

On the possibility of fitting other ships in the fleet with scrubbers in the future, Harfjeld last month did not discount the option, explaining that DHT has primarily been focusing on converting its older vessels - or so-called "low-hanging fruit" - first.

"We looked at predominantly the older end of our fleet first as they are the ships that consume more fuel, and that's where the benefit also is the greatest," he remarked.

"We have not excluded ourselves from doing further projects. But for now, we're committed to retrofit 12," he continued.

All of DHT's ships are less than 16 years old. The oldest vessel, DHT Sophie, was built in 2003.

Related Links:

DHT in agreement to fit Alfa Laval scrubbers on 12 VLCCs
Scrubbers not a long-term solution: DHT Holdings CEO Harfjeld

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