Singapore-listed Hoe Leong Corporation Limited (HLC) on Friday (18 January) said its subsidiary Arkstar Ship Management Pte Ltd (ASM) had been ordered by the High Court of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to pay Hong Kong-based bunkering firm Chimbusco Pan Nation Petro-Chemical Co. Ltd (Chimbusco PN) its bunker claim of US $335,858.
ASM on 4 September 2015, in a legal suit initiated by Chimbusco PN, was summoned to the court over a failed payment in a sale contract relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to one of its vessels.
It claimed Chimbusco PN allegedly supplied contaminated bunker fuel to its vessel, resulting in the vessel being deferred from commencement of chartering services for a few months.
However, the court on 11 January 2019 “ruled against ASM on the basis that ASM’s defence and counterclaim was excluded according to the interpretation of the Contract and the factual finding that the bunkers were not contaminated”, according to HLC.
As such ASM has been order to pay Chimbusco PN a principal sum in the amount of US$335,858.31, together with interest at Prime Rate plus 1% from a date 30 days after the date of the invoice made on 17 February 2014 until the date of Judgment (11 January 2019) and at the Judgment Rate (i.e. 8.088% per annum).
Further ASM has to pay the cost of Chimbusco PN on a party-to-party basis.
“ASM is currently seeking legal advice and exploring all of its options in respect of the above-mentioned Order of the Court,” concluded a statement from Hoe Leong Corporation.
Published: 21 January, 2019
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