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
Cai Zhi Zhong received a total of about USD 1.3m to USD 1.6m, of which he saved a portion and spent the rest, including on property, cars and watches, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.
‘MFMs will continue to have a place within the bunkering sector even when the shipping industry continues to adopt new types of marine fuels, such as LNG, biofuel, methanol, ammonia and hydrogen,’ states spokesman.
Current ISO 8217 bunker fuel standard not comprehensive enough for biofuels; National Mirror Committee working with local players to develop more comprehensive biofuels standard for Singapore, says Capt. Rahul.
‘There are some important differences between VLSFO and biofuels, and as a result, parties should consider whether additional changes should be made to biofuel bunker contracts,’ says Paul Collier.
Quek Rong Hong first joined Shell sometime in 2005 and had held the position of Blending Specialist from November 2017. At the time of arrest, his monthly basic salary was about SGD 4,300, showed documents.
Glencore previously commenced Singapore International Arbitration Centre Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle but those applications were dismissed, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.