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Golden Eagle Shipping sues charterer over contaminated bunkers

Norvic Shipping International faces minimum $555,000 claim for alleged damages to M/V Golden Eagle.




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Golden Eagle Shipping LLC (GES), the registered owner of bulker M/V Golden Eagle, has taken Toronto-based dry bulk vessel operator Norvic Shipping International (NSI) to court over a case of alleged contaminated bunkers.

The bunkers were lifted at Balboa, Panama during a bunkering operation on or about 9 June, according to court documents filed on 8 July at the U.S. District Court of Louisiana obtained by Manifold Times.

“These bunkers were isolated on the vessel and were not consumed immediately,” it said.

“The vessel started to burn the bunkers supplied by the defendant on or about July 1, 2018 […] began experiencing mechanical difficulties including a breakdown of the main engine.”

GES noted the M/V Golden Eagle experiencing a series of mechanical problems lasting 14 days which resulted in the vessel seeking refuge at Ponta Delgada, Portugal for emergency repairs.

“The vessel then proceeded to Ghent, Belgium where arrangements were made with the defendant and third party vendor from whom they purchased the bunkers for (i) joint inspection of the damage of the vessel, and (ii) jointly obtaining samples of the contaminated bunkers, and the plaintiff arranged for discharging the contaminated bunkers from the vessel (which efforts commended at Ghent but due to the vessel’s itinerary were suspended and are not yet completed, and are likely to now complete in Turkey later in August 2018).”

GES is seeking a minimum of $555,000 in damages from NSI due to the development.

A breakdown of the monies are as follows:

  • $200,000 in physical damages and other expenses incurred to divert the vessel to a port of refuge for emergency repairs
  • $200,000 in loss of charter hire
  • $55,000 in lost bunkers
  • $100,000 for debunkering, sampling, testing and inspections, etc

GES intends to claim against the bunkers aboard NSI’s time chartered vessel M/V Josco Suzhou which is currently sailing within U.S. waters.

Another case concerning alleged contaminated bunkers between Meadway Shipping and Trading Singapore and Integrity Bulk ApS was filed at the U.S. District Court of Maryland in late July.

Related: IBAS faces $2.15 million lawsuit over contaminated bunkers

Published: 13 August, 2018

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Liberia-flagged bulker “Eleen Armonia” placed under Sheriff’s arrest

Ship was added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system and it is currently held at Eastern Bunkering Anchorage; arrest was made on behalf of Allen & Gledhill LLP.





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Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Eleen Armonia was arrested in Singapore waters on Monday (4 December). 

The 55,522 DWT vessel was added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 12.25pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Allen & Gledhill LLP. The ship is currently held at the Eastern Bunkering Anchorage. 

No details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 7 December, 2023

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Malaysia: MMEA detains three vessels for illegal anchoring in East Johor waters

Vessels, including those registered in Barbados and Copenhagen, were detained on 4 December and captains of ships had failed to present any document of authorisation to anchor in Malaysian waters.





Malaysia: MMEA detains three vessels for illegal anchoring in East Johor waters

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (5 December) said three vessels have been detained for illegally anchoring in East Johor waters on 4 December. 

MMEA Tanjung Sedili Zone acting director Maritime Cmdr Mohd Najib Sam said the first ship, registered in Port Klang, was detained by a patrol boat at 11.30 am at 19.8 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili Kechil.

The second ship, registered at Bridgetown in Barbados, anchored at 11.30am at 18.1 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Penawar.

And the third ship, registered at Copenhagen, was detained by a MMEA patrol vessel at 5.30pm at 21.5 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau.


Najib said all captains of the ships had failed to present any document of authorisation to anchor in Malaysian waters and the case will be investigated under Section 491B(1)(L) Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.

He added that the detention of all three ships has brought the total number of ships detained for the same offence so far this year to 86.

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 6 December, 2023

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Winding up

Singapore: Annual general meetings set for Hua Sheng Shipping Pte Ltd

Creditors to receive an update on the liquidation of the firms, and to receive an account of the liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of winding up.





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An annual general meeting for Hua Sheng Shipping Pte Ltd will be held via electronic means on 14 December 2023, according to a notice on the Government Gazette on Thursday (30 November). 

The agenda of the meetings for the creditors (2pm) and contributories (11am) for the following purposes:

  • To receive an update on the liquidation.
  • To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up 

The following are the details of the liquidator of the company:

Ho May Kee
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

Manifold Times previously reported several notices were published on the Goverment Gazette regarding the annual general meetings held electronically for Hua Sheng Shipping Pte Ltd, Nan Zhou Maritime (Pte) Ltd and Xin Sheng Shipping (Pte) Ltd.

Photo credit: Benjamin child
Published: 4 December, 2023

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