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Sri Lanka: Colombo High Court summons SGS Singapore staff to assist in Lanka IOC bunker cargo claim

29 Sep 2021

Lawyers representing Lanka IOC PLC, Indian Oil’s subsidiary in Sri Lanka, on 22 September submitted an application at the General Division of the High Court of the Republic of Singapore requesting to interview eight staff members of SGS Testing & Control Services Singapore Pte Ltd.

The development comes from a letter of request from the Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Ministry of Law of Singapore dated 10 December 2019, according to documents seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The interviews will be aiding in current legal proceedings involving MT Vinalines Glory, Vinalines Shipping Company (Vietnam Registration No. 0100104595-011), and Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vietnam Registration No. 0100104595) taking place at the High Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Holden in Colombo.

Specifically, the lawyers are requesting from SGS information relating to tests carried out in respect of “Appearance” and “Colour ASTM” reported in eight SGS Certificates of Quality (COQs) dated 31 January 2013 and 1 February 2013.

The COQs are connected to cargoes of Gas Oil and Marine Diesel Oil loaded on board the vessel MT Vinalines Glory from the Vopak Banyan Terminal in Singapore between January and February 2013.

The legal team is seeking to determine the quality of the products and, “whether tests done by SGS in respect of ‘Appearance’ and ‘Colour ASTM’ as reported in the Certificates of Quality were correctly carried out by SGS in accordance with the required standards.”


Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 29 September, 2021

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