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Project Name Passenger-Car Ferry TANIT
Guarantee Holder Société Générale S.A.,BNP Paribas
Investor Country France
Host Country Tunisia
Sector Transportation
Gross Exposure ($million) 200
Fiscal Year 2012
Status Proposed
Project Number 10180
Environmental Category B
Date SPG Disclosed May 31, 2011
Projected Board Date June 30, 2011
ESRS Tunisia RPaxFerry ESRS 

This summary covers an investment through financing by BNP Paribas and Société Générale of France in a passenger-car ferry to be acquired by the Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation SA ("CTN") in Tunisia.  The investors have applied for a MIGA guarantee of $200 million for a period of up to 13 years against the risks of non-honoring of sovereign financial obligations.

The project involves the financing of a ferry with a capacity of 3,200 passengers and 1,060 cars to be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (Daewoo) of Korea for Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation SA (CTN) of Tunisia.  CTN will be the borrower of a loan to be provided by BNP Paribas and Société Générale that will be used to finance the purchase of the vessel. MIGA has been asked to provide non-honoring of sovereign financial obligations cover on a guarantee provided by the Tunisian Ministry of Finance. 

Environmental Categorization

The project is a category B under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. Click here to view the Environmental and Social Review Summary.

Development Impact

The project will help secure Tunisia’s main transportation link with Europe, key to the country’s continued economic development.

MIGA support is particularly important in the current Tunisian context following the events that occurred in January 2011. No other political insurance cover was available for the project.

MIGA’s efforts complement the World Bank Group’s commitment to the country at this time of transition.

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