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Trafigura takes WFS to court over alleged off-spec bunkers in Istanbul delivery

25 Oct 2018

Singapore-based Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte Ltd (TML), the primary chartering company of the Trafigura group, on 24 September 2018 took World Fuel Services (WFS) to a U.S Court over an alleged case of off-spec bunkers, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.

WFS supplied 2,130 metric tonnes (mt) of 380 centistokes (cSt) grade marine fuel to the TML time chartered M/V Freight Margie on 24 January 2018 at Istanbul, Turkey.

The fuel was loaded into empty bunker tanks, and the vessel began to experience issues with its engines and diesel generators during consumption.

“Namely, the fuel purifiers and filters became clogged, and the fuel pump, plungers and barrels, fuel valve injection nozzles and spindle guides began to stick, as well as the valves, pistons and cylinder covers of the diesel generators,” states TML.

A routine fuel analysis report conducted by Viswa Lab found the supplied product not meeting the ISO 8217 specification; it was off-spec for viscosity and contained high values of total sediment potential.

Further testing showed high contents of Indine, DH-DCPD, Napthalene, Methyl-Napthalene and C-2 Napthalene.

VIS Tankers SRL, the owner of M/V Freight Margie, is claiming USD $126,000 from Trafigura for alleged additional costs resulting from use of the unsuitable bunkers.

“That as a result of the delivery of the potentially off-spec bunkers, VIS Tankers SRL has made a demand upon Trafigura seeking costs and damages arising from the off-spec bunkers which allegedly caused damage to the M/V Freight Margie’s engines and generator,” alleges TML.

“Any amounts that Trafigura is compelled to pay as a result of VIS Tankers SRL's demand will be because of the damage occasioned by the provision of off-spec bunkers by WFS, and Trafigura is therefore entitled to contribution from WFS.”

Published: 25 October, 2018

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