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Sri Lanka: Trico Maritime arrests “X-Press Kohima”; seeks USD 622,000 claim over “X-Press Pearl” incident

10 Feb 2022

The X-Press Kohima, a 21,538 dwt Tuvalu-flagged containership operated by X-Press Feeders, was arrested at Colombo port in Sri Lanka on Friday (4 February), learned Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The arrest, approved by the High Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Holden in Colombo on 3 February, was initiated by Trico Maritime (Pvt) Ltd on 29 October 2021, according to court documents obtained by the publication.

Trico Maritime (Pvt) Ltd is managed by parent company Trico Maritime International USA LLC which specialises in handling shipments of household goods from most ports in the USA to Sri Lanka.

It was claiming for damages totalling USD 622,137.50 suffered as a result of the loss of cargo when carried on board the X-Press Pearl from the Port of Hamad, Qatar to the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka in May, 2021.

The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl caught fire on 20 May 2021 in the waters of Sri Lanka after departing from the Indian port of Hazira.

In July, X-Press Feeders, through the vessel owner’s P&I insurers, made an initial compensation of USD 3.6 million to the Sri Lankan government to help compensate those affected by the consequences of the fire and sinking of the vessel.

Related: X-Press Feeders makes initial compensation of US$3.6 million to Sri Lankan government
RelatedMPA: Operations underway to minimise environmental impact of ‘X-Press Pearl’
Related‘X-Press Pearl’ starts to sink off Sri Lanka’s coast, no more towing needed, says Navy
RelatedSri Lanka to sue Singapore-registered owners of “MV X-Press Pearl” for marine pollution
RelatedSingapore-flagged “X-Press Pearl” hull remains fully intact, no bunker spill detected


Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Liza Wulandari
Published: 10 February, 2022

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