Bunker trading and brokerage firm Integr8 Fuels filed a claim with the Louisiana Eastern District Court, US, asking for the arrest of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulker M/V Aggeliki B for unpaid bunker bills.
The claim against the vessel was submitted on March 10 due to non-payment of bunker invoice from previous charterers, Denmark-based Graincom Shipping K/S, on the grounds of a debt worth around USD 158,200.
Namely, the 2011-built bulk carrier was fixed under one time charter trip with Graincom with SBM cargo ex Kandla to Montoir + Ghent. Under the deal, the charterers had the obligation to redeliver the ship with same bunkers and arranged the vessel to be supplied.
Greece-based A.B. Maritime Inc, the owner of the ship, informed that, as per payment terms, the invoice was scheduled to be paid until February 16, 2017.
However, while the 56,770 dwt bulk was waiting in Mississippi River to commence loading operation with different charterers, Intregr8 filed a claim to arrest the ship due to the unpaid invoice from Graincom.
The vessel owner’s P&I club representative contacted Graincom requesting to proceed with payment, and subsequently Graincom settled the invoice.
On March 15, A.B. Maritime Inc received claimants motion to dismiss the arrest through undersigned counsel, where Integr8 Fuels Inc gave notice that the action was voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, against the defendant.
The latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic, dated March 22 show that the 2011-built ship is underway using its engine in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for Santa Marta, Colombia with ETA set for March 28th.
World Maritime News Staff