Class action lawsuit about bad bunker would be groundbreaking

The US is the obvious jurisdiction in a lawsuit against suppliers in the wake of the on-going case of contaminated bunker, maritime lawyers explain to ShippingWatch. A class action by several carriers could mark a new chapter in bunker claims.

Mathias Steinø is a partner at Hafnia Law. | Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Christian Als

The current problems with bad bunker have hit so many shipping companies that it could become a groundbreaking reference point when determining liability in similar cases, says partner Mathias Steinø of law firm Hafnia Law.

He has plenty of cases on his desk right now, and they all share the fact that they concern one or more ships having purchased the contaminated bunker, which allegedly originates in Houston.

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