KfW IPEX-Bank is providing a syndicated loan together with a renowned commercial bank to finance the world’s largest square rigger being built by Star Clippers in Croatia.
The corresponding agreements with the internationally operating shipping company Star Clippers, which has ordered the construction of the ship, were signed earlier this week. Both banks are contributing to the financing in equal measure. The tranche provided by KfW IPEX-Bank is covered by an export credit guarantee from the Croatian export credit agency HBOR.
The five-masted barque will be built by the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit near Split, which has a long history, and it is slated for completion during the course of 2017. With a sail area of 60,000 square feet (5.574 square metres) the vessel will be 162 m long and accommodate about 300 passengers.
The ship will be modelled on the legendary France II, which upon its completion in 1911 replaced the famous Preussen as the world’s largest square rigger at the time. In order to meet contemporary stability criteria its beam will be somewhat larger at 18.5 m, yet its rigging and sails will be exact copies of those on the France II.