Cosco Shipping Development has announced that the company has entered into the sale and leaseback arrangement for four container ships via its subsidiary to provide funds and expand financing channels.

The latest online platform for shipping – The Tonnage Exchange (TTEX) – aims to match vessels for swap sale, sale and leaseback and charter transactions.

Chinese leasing transactions can no longer be viewed as an alternative source of financing, but rather as a fast developing prime source of finance and on the way to becoming an equal to the European and US financial markets.

Scorpio Tankers Inc. has entered into a sale-and-leaseback deal with China’s Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (Bocomm Leasing) for five secondhand MR product tankers.

CSIC Leasing, the financial leasing arm of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC), has made its first-ever sale and leaseback transaction worth $65.5m with Greek tanker owner and operator Eletson Corporation.

d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) is selling a MR product tanker for $28m and leasing in back.

South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced late on Tuesday that it has finalised a KRW850bn ($758.4m) sale-and-leaseback deal involving 10 containerships with Korea Shipping & Offshore.

Cosco Shipping Development Co, has sealed a sale and leaseback deal with a unit of global LNG shipping player Golar LNG (GLNG) to purchase the 160,000 c um 2014-built LNG carrier Golar Crystal with an eventual repurchase option.

Euronav have sold and leased back four VLCCs in $186m deal.

Global commodities trader Trafigura Group has exited the product tanker business with a sale and leaseback deal with China’s Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co over five MR newbuilds.

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