DECEMBER 30, 2015 — Philly Shipyard, Inc. reports that it has signed a commitment letter with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) for a $150 million loan facility to finance the construction of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers, designated as Hulls 025-028.
The facility will be subject to a maximum borrowing amount of $75 million per vessel and secured by a first lien on the four vessels.
The loans will accrue interest at three-month LIBOR plus 3.00% as defined in the commitment letter.
The company expects to enter into definitive agreements for this facility in first quarter
The facility will continue an extensive cooperation between the shipbuilder and Cat Financial that will include a total of 26 vessels, including both product tankers and containerships, and span a period of 15 years when Hull 028 is delivered.
All four vessels to be financed by this facility are currently under contract with Philly Tankers LLC.
As previously announced, the shipbuilding contract for each of these vessels will be assigned at delivery by Philly Tankers LLC to a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc.