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IBAS faces $2.15 million lawsuit over contaminated bunkers

Meadway Shipping and Trading Singapore sues Integrity Bulk ApS over fuel lifted in July.

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Meadway Shipping and Trading Singapore (Meadway) on 27 July filed a USD $2.15 million lawsuit against Integrity Bulk ApS (IBAS) at the U.S. District Court of Maryland over alleged operational damages from contaminated bunkers, according to court documents obtained by Manifold Times.

IBAS sub-chartered the M/V ASL LUNA from Meadway and was responsible for fuelling the vessel.

The vessel’s Master on 26 June pointed out to Meadway and IBAS that fuel bunkered at Balboa, Panama caused all six fuel injector pumps of the main engine fuel to seize.

Results from a fuel testing laboratory found the fuels to contain phenol of 106 ppm, above the normal level of below 100 ppm.

“Phenols have acidic content and can damage lubrication surfaces. Phenols also reduce the stability of the fuel. Presence of phenols also indicates the possible use of shale oil as cutter stock. Shale oil reduces the ignition and combustion properties of the fuel,” says the court document.

“The fuel was also found to have styrene glycol, alpha-pinene & limonene (tall oil components) & 2,4-dittertbutylphenol in the fuel. These contaminants are not normally found in bunker fuels.”

Meadway claimed the contaminated fuel caused “significant damage” to the M/V ASL LUNA of at least $2.15 million. In detail, the company is claiming for:

  • At least $54,043.76 – Over Loss of hire / hire while vessel is waiting for analysis of the bunkers between 14 to 20 July ($10,237.5/day x 5.279 days)
  • At least $51,187.50 + $4000 fuel consumed – Over loss of hire while the vessel remains idle pending next employment
  • $100,000 – Over loss due to delay in finding suitable business for the vessel
  • $500,000 – Over claimed loss of profit from head owners
  • At least $25,000 – Over vessel fuel consumption between 29 June to 20 July
  • $163,878.00 – Over purchase of unsuitable fuel from owners
  • At least $300,000 – Over possible costs associated with debunkering operations
  • $500,000 – Over possible engine and system repair costs
  • At least $500,000 – Over costs of arbitration, further unassessed damages.

Published: 6 August, 2018
 

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Xihe Holdings liquidators issue intended dividend notice to creditors

Creditors will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the company by 8 March 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A notice to declare intended dividend of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd to its creditors has been posted on Singapore’s Government Gazette on Friday (16 February). 

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

Details of the notice of intended dividend are as follows:

Name of Company : Xihe Holdings (Pte) Ltd (In Liquidation)

Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 199002021M

Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960

Court : High Court of Singapore

Number of Matter : HC/CWU 40/2022

Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 8 March 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected] 

Name of Liquidators : Seshadri Rajagopalan, Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee

Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1

Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 21 February, 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

Three men, aged 32 to 40, were suspected to be involved in smuggling the subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712).

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Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Monday (19 February) said it detained a fishing vessel and three local men who were onboard after they allegedly tried to smuggle 6,000 litres of diesel worth MYR 13,000 (USD 2,712) on 18 February. 

In the 11pm incident, the men, aged 32 to 40, onboard the ship were found with the diesel at 0.6 nautical miles north of Pulau Langgun, Langkawi. 

“During the inspection of the boat in question, officers found there was an additional space on the deck and covered with plywood in the intention of hiding it from authorities,” said MMEA. 

Malaysia: MMEA detains modified fishing boat suspected of smuggling diesel oil

“Officers then proceeded to dismantle the plywood and found two storage containers that were converted into extra oil barrels.”

“As a result of that discovery, the suspects are suspected to be involved in smuggling subsidised oil estimated to be 6,000 litres, worth almost MYR 13,000.”

MMEA detained the fishing vessel and men before they were brought to Bukit Malut Maritime Jetty for further investigations.

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 20 February, 2024

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