Editor’s note: Article updated on 26 January to remove the invoice list for Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony, and Superstar Libra.
Singapore-based bunkering firm Peninsula Petroleum Far East Pte. Ltd. (Peninsula) on Wednesday (19 January) issued a complaint against M/V Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises LLC, and Star Cruises (HK) Limited at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
The bunkering firm is seeking a total USD 4.6 million (exact: USD 4,600,547.26) from the three entities over unpaid bills, according to U.S. court documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
It is seeking USD 1,200,908.44 from M/V Crystal Symphony, a cruise ship chartered by Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, over earlier unpaid marine fuel deliveries at Miami port.
Further, Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises ordered bunker fuel for other vessels and have accumulated unpaid fuel bills of USD 2,104,169.59 and USD 1,295,469.23 respectively.
Peninsula’s legal representative has requested the District Court to issue a maritime lien and warrant for arrest of the M/V Crystal Symphony.
Crystal Cruises LLC, which operates Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Endeavor, will be completing the vessels’ current voyages before a suspension.
“This was an extremely difficult decision but a prudent one given the current business environment and recent developments with our parent company, Genting Hong Kong,” said Jack Anderson, Crystal’s president, on 19 January.
Genting Hong Kong, currently under the management of joint provisional liquidators, on 24 January announced the resignation of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and executive Director of the company along with Au Fook Yew as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Group President and executive Director of the company.
Genting Hong Kong was formerly known as Star Cruises Limited.
Photo credit: Crystal Cruises Media Center
Published: 25 January, 2022
‘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.
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‘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.
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