One of the world's biggest tanker carriers also accuses Valero of selling contaminated bunker. Yesterday, Valero was singled out as the source of a the contaminated bunker oil, which caused major issues for hundreds of vessels last year.
In a new court case, US oil company Valero is being accused of having introduced the contaminated marine fuel that caused problems for hundreds of ships last year. World Fuel Services also considers forwarding a damages claim to Valero.
BW LPG and World Fuel Services have agreed to close a dispute regarding supply of contaminated bunker in Texas. The settlement happened outside of court where the carrier demanded USD 700,000 in damages.
An oil sample from Thorco Lineage could perhaps provide answers to whether contaminated bunker caused the wrecking of Thorco Lineage. But the parties are unable to agree on where and when it will be tested. The sample is still in Panama.
Bunker supplier Bomin, which is under suspicion by Thorco Shipping for having supplied bunker fuel to shipwrecked Thorco Lineage, now replies in a new statement of defense. The ship may have already been unseaworthy upon departure, claims Bomin.
An oil company with a large refinery in Houston is mentioned as supplier in a new case about contaminated bunker in which shipping company Chembulk experienced problems. This marks the first time that a refinery is mentioned in one of the many cases.
The captain of ship Thorco Lineage, which ran aground near French Polynesia after suffering engine failure this summer, has been issued a conditional prison sentence of one year as well as a fine for his role in the accident.
A law firm now says that it is involved in a case concerning bad bunker in China. This means that the problem, which has affected close to a hundred ships since the spring of this year, has now spread further.
The bill for costs related to the grounding of Thorco Lineage is estimated to reach at least USD 10 million, and Thorco Shipping is currently working to get this money from two renowned bunker companies accused of having supplied contaminated bunker fuel oil.
Several vessels in Euronav's pool have taken bad bunker on board. Waste material from the forestry industry or a cleaning product could have been dumped in the oil, says CEO Paddy Rogers, who blames bunker companies for the spread of bad bunker.
United Arab Shipping Company has dropped its lawsuit against World Fuel Service, which the container carrier accused of supplying poor quality bunker. The case has no apparent connection to the current epidemic.
BBC Chartering has had to pay large extra costs for tug boats as well as having several ships cleaned after tanking contaminated bunker. CEO Svend Andersen says that the project cargo carrier is among the hardest hit in the widespread cases related to the damaging bunker.
There is no doubt that it is the bunker suppliers' responsibility when shipowners end up with bad bunker in their tanks, says Bimco. But the shipowners need to take more precautions, notes the association.
Maersk Line's self-supply in several key ports means that the company has avoided being affected by the bad bunker that is in circulation. One vessel had to be cleansed in Panama in June, but that episode had nothing to do with the current problems, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.
The current situation of bad bunker, which originated in Houston, is spreading across the globe, says P&I club Standard Club in an update. The club estimates that the number of cases has now surpassed 150.
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.
Shipping companies such as Integrity Bulk, Thorco and J. Lauritzen support Hafnia's call to work together to solve problems related to contaminated bunker oil. Danish Shipping is prepared to serve as a hub.