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J. Lauritzen: MAN case has strained us to our limits

The vast amount of work brought on by engine breakdowns, caused by MAN Diesel & Turbo's lubrication system, was a big ordeal for J. Lauritzen, the carrier's head of gas tanker tells ShippingWatch. He is relieved by the court ruling.

Photo: PR/J. Lauritzen

Five years of troubleshooting and documentation have come to an end for J. Lauritzen. For now. The Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court ruled in favor of the carrier, stating that the lubrication system Alpha Lube from engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo did not function properly and, consequentially, caused various engine breakdowns on seven of J. Lauritzen's gas tankers.

The court also sentenced MAN Diesel & Turbo to pay USD 4.4 million in damages to J. Lauritzen to cover the expenses and lost shipping days caused by the engine failures. However, this amount is not enough to cover J. Lauritzen's aggregate costs related to the matter, says Thomas Wøidemann (photo), head of J. Lauritzen's gas tanker division, to ShippingWatch.

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