The impact of the suspension of cruising in 2020 had far-reaching effects across the sector, however a full recovery is on the horizon – with ECA support re-emerging as a viable financial template as shipbuilders order books fill up once again. But do ECAs and banks have the risk appetite to meet the rising demand?
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The global backdrop to wind has been looking shaky of late. Project financing backing the Baltic Power project has just signed – but the rest of the first wave of Poland’s embryonic offshore wind sector is facing delays. The country originally promised as much as 28GW by 2050 but the chances of success now look mixed due to inflation and critical cost increases.
In an interview with Laurent Christophe, group treasurer at Trafigura, discussion focused on Ukraine, sustainability, and tapping into new sources of capital diversification. Some highlights from the interview and conference follow.