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Toyota Tsusho seeks off-spec bunker claim from Nustar Energy

29 Mar 2019

Toyota Tsusho Petroleum Pte. Ltd. (TTP) on Wednesday (27 March) filed a complaint at a U.S. Court against Nustar Energy Services, Inc. for alleged off-spec bunkers, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.

Nustar physically delivered 840 metric tonnes (mt) of IFO 380 to the Singapore-registered 25,932 dwt chemical tanker M/V Beatrice (IMO 9674763) at the Port of Houston, Texas on 19 April, 2018.

The bunker samples were sent by both TTP and Nustar to different fuel testing laboratories and subsequently found to be exceeding ISO 8217:2010(E) specifications for calcium, phosphorus and zinc content.

As such, TTP is seeking a total $421,784.94 from NES through two claims.

It is claiming about $257,300 as payment used for replacing the off-spec IFO 380 NuStar sold to TTP as well as barging, survey, and other fees – minus the sale of off-spec bunkers.

TTP is also seeking reimbursement for $164,484.94 in damages claimed by the owners/operators of the M/V Beatrice against TTP including, but not limited to, additional port charges demurrage, deviation and more which has now been satisfied by TTP.

The M/V Beatrice is owned by Maruta Industries, show data from the Claritecs Asset Management system.

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Duncan Williams
Published: 29 March, 2019


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