Bunker supplier NuStar Energy Services, Inc. (NuStar) on Thursday (25 April) initiated a third-party complaint against bunker fuel manufacturer and blender Glencore Ltd., according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.
The development is related to Nustar’s current legal proceedings with Singapore-based dry cargo company Centurion Bulk Pte Ltd over the supply of suspected contaminated marine fuel to the 55,768 dwt bulk carrier San Antonio (IMO: 9514066) at Greensport on 15 March 2018.
Documents indicated Nustar purchasing the marine fuel from Glencore.
“Under Texas law, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 82, an innocent retailer or seller is entitled to indemnity from the manufacturer on a defective product or negligent manufacturer claim,” it states.
“To the extent the bunker fuel is found to be ‘defective,’ NuStar as the innocent retailer or seller is entitled to statutory indemnity from Glencore for the claims of Plaintiff Centurion.
“NuStar did not alter or modify the bunker fuel manufactured and sold by Glencore, thus Glencore shall indemnify NuStar against any and all losses arising out of Plaintiff Centurion’s Complaint and this litigation.”
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Published: 29 April
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