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Bunker contamination: Centurion Bulk files suit against NuStar Energy

08 Apr 2019

Singapore-based dry cargo company Centurion Bulk Pte Ltd on 14 March 2019 filed a lawsuit against bunker supplier NuStar Energy Services, Inc. (NuStar) over a case of alleged contaminated marine fuel, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.

NuStar delivered approximately 541 metric tonnes (m) of high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) and 86 mt of marine gas oil (MGO) to the 55,768 dwt bulk carrier San Antonio (IMO: 9514066) at Greensport on 15 March 2018.

Centurion, the vessel’s charterer, later determined that the bunkers were “contaminated, unfit, and unable to be used for their intended purpose.”

“Initial testing of the fuel was performed on May 5, 2018, and the results indicated that the fuel contained impurities such as Bisphenol F, Bisphenol A and other oxygenated compounds,” it stated while adding the fuel was not in accordance to ISO 8217:2010(E) specification.

“As a result of NuStar’s breach of contract and breach of warranties, Centurion has sustained money damages in excess of this Court’s minimal jurisdictional limits,” it continued.

Centurion did not state the figure it is seeking from NuStar.

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Rick Voice
Published: 8 April


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