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Maritime Industries

As one of the world's leading ship financiers, we help to preserve the innovative power of maritime enterprises.

We finance maritime vessels with European technology worldwide, including the bulk of projects realised on German and European shipyards: investments by cargo shipping companies, offshore exploration and production and passenger shipping. In this way we promote family-owned enterprises and listed corporates that are world leaders in their industry, as well as their suppliers. We are Germany's leading ship financier and among the world's top ten.


Our financing products:

  • Financing of maritime vessels with European content
  • German and other European export loans
  • Investment loans for European maritime companies
  • Down payment and post delivery financings
  • Project and corporate loans and related hedging products

As one of the most experienced supporters of the maritime industry worldwide we finance:

Newbuildings European shipyards

We finance shipbuilding contracts with European shipyards.

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European vessel owners

We finance both the construction of new vessels and the modernisation of existing vessels operated by European ship owners.

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Equipment based vessel financing

We finance vessels that are built globally with European equipment / components.

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April 2018: KfW IPEX-Bank is the first German bank to join the Responsible Ship Recycling Standards

More sustainable scrapping of ships

Inclusion of scrapping clauses in loan agreements

The aim of the initiative is for shipping companies to observe minimum standards of occupational safety and environmental protection when scrapping their ships, and therefore to view scrapping as part of their own value-added chains. The banks ABN Amro, ING and NIBC established the initiative.

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Find out more about the financing we provide for the maritime industry

KfW IPEX-Bank is a founding member of GeMaX.

GeMaX helps shipbuilders and the maritime supply industry increase their sales opportunities around the globe.

For further information visit the GeMaX website

Green Shipping

Above average results: KfW IPEX-Bank evaluates the energy efficiency of its merchant shipping portfolio based on the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

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Environmental Programme

KfW IPEX-Bank makes use of KfW's Environmental Programme to reduce sulphur oxide emissions in the maritime industries.

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Energy turnaround programme

KfW's Syndicated Loan-Energy and Environment programme finances innovative projects targeting energy efficiency as well as efficient machinery and equipment.

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