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The European Investment Fund invests in the fund Eurazeo Sustainable Maritime Infrastructure

It is managed by the private equity firm Eurazeo

The European Investment Fund has announced that it has made an initial investment of 70 million euros in the fund Eurazeo Sustainable Maritime Infrastructure (ESMI) which is managed by the private equity company Eurazeo and has the purpose to support the transition of the maritime industry towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. Specifying that the investment, made using resources from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), is in line with the objective of the European Green Deal, the European Fund for Investimenti showed that, with a total of 200 million euros raised, the ESMI fund has already reached more than half of the volume currently planned.

The total investment will help finance three main assets: ships equipped with environmentally friendly technologies that use more efficient or alternative fuels; innovative port equipment and infrastructure to promote the ecological transition, as well as assets that support the development of renewable energy at sea.

Five months after its launch, the ESMI fund has carried out its first transaction with a subsidiary of the German Harren & Partner financing a self-lifting vessel used for construction, repair and maintenance of offshore wind farms in Europe that it is currently used in the North Sea for the wind farm German Nordsee One.

Highlighting that, "given the large quantity of goods transported every day on our oceans, it is certain that the Maritime sector will have to make an important contribution to the our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050", the European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, underlined that 'the fact that the Investment Plan for Europe stands helping to support this infrastructure fund Sustainable maritime is very good news. This transaction - explained Gentiloni - lays the foundations for substantial funding in support of more sustainable ships and port infrastructure, aimed at promoting the development of renewable energy at sea'.

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