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New York: Amelia Maritime, unable to locate Integr8 Fuels assets, dismisses alleged wrongful arrest lawsuit

Integr8 in November 2021 arrested “M/V Auzonia” in Rotterdam to recover an unpaid bunker claim; local court ruled arrest was wrongful and Integr8 was found liable to reimburse shipowner Amelia for legal fees.

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Amelia Maritime Group (Amelia) on Friday (28 July) dropped its lawsuit against Integr8 Fuels (Integr8), the bunker trading and brokerage arm of Navig8, in the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York for the alleged wrongful arrest of bulk carrier M/V Auzonia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

On 20 April 2023, Amelia filed a complaint against Integr8 seeking damages of USD 862,735 following the alleged wrongful arrest of its vessel in the UAE, according to court documents sighted by Manifold Times.

The U.S. court on 27 April issued a Writ of Maritime Attachment and Garnishment against Integr8 which was sent to the New York office of Navig8 on 8 May.

On 1 June, Amelia received a letter from Navig8 which stated that “at the time of service of the documents, and through the present, none of the Garnishees held or hold any tangible or intangible property belonging to or being held for the Defendant.”

Amelia’s Writ of Maritime Attachment and Garnishment against Integr8 expired on 26 June leading to it requesting an extension of the court order from the U.S. court.

U.S. District Judge Jessica G.L. Clarke replied ordering Amelia to file a letter by 31 July showing good cause for a 60-day extension of the previous court order and to show cause as to why the court may exercise personal jurisdiction over Integr8 notwithstanding Amelia Maritime’s ability to locate any of Integr8’s funds in the district. 

Ultimately, Amelia sent a notice of voluntary dismissal of the case on 28 July. 

Background

The chain of events started on 20 August 2018 when Harmony Innovation shipping Ltd (Harmony), the then charterers of the vessel, which was named M/V Golden Destiny, entered a contract with Integr8 for the bunker supply of approximately 430 metric tonnes (mt) of bunkers (marine fuel oil) for a total of US 209,410.

In accordance with the contract between Harmony and Integr8, bunkers were provided to M/V Golden Destiny in Thailand on 20 August 2018. At the time of the bunker delivery, the owner of M/V Golden Destiny was Golden Star Marine. On 24 August 2018, Integr8 sent an invoice to Harmony for the bunkers. Harmony allegedly failed to pay for the bunkers. 

On 26 February 2020, 18 months after the bunkers were supplied, Amelia purchased M/V Golden Destiny from Golden Star Marine and was renamed to M/V Auzonia

On 14 September 2020, nearly two years after the delivery of the bunkers to Harmony, Integr8 emailed Overseas Marine Enterprises Inc, the current operators of the vessel, alleging Harmony never paid for the bunkers supplied to the vessel and demanded payment for the bunkers from Amelia.

On 30 November 2020, Integr8 sent a second email to Overseas Marine demanding payment from Amelia for the sum of USD 209,410, plus interest in the amount of USD 143,823.93.

On November 28, 2021, Integr8 arrested the vessel in Rotterdam to recover its claim regarding the unpaid bunkers.

The Court in Rotterdam ruled the arrest was wrongful and Integr8 was found liable to reimburse Amelia for its legal fees incurred in defending the arrest.

On November 19, 2022, Integr8 then arrested the vessel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while it was undergoing repairs. Thereafter, Amelia asserted a wrongful arrest claim against Integr8 and is challenging the merits of the arrest in the UAE.

On November 25, 2022, Integr8 demanded arbitration in New York against Amelia claiming, despite the Rotterdam ruling, that Amelia was responsible for the payment of bunkers. However, it withdrew its demand for arbitration against Amelia on 9 December 2022. 

As a result of Integr8’s wrongful arrest of Amelia’s vessel in the UAE, Amelia claimed it has incurred damages in the amount of USD 862,735, which is the amount of the claims for which Amelia was seeking in its lawsuit against Integr8. 

 

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Eduard Legkii
Published: 7 August, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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