Category: U.S. Maritime Cases

Shipping industry court rulings and arbitration awards under U.S. law.

BBC Chartering Carriers GmbH Co. KG and The Shopping Metal USA, Inc., Charterers, M/V BBC MARYLAND, CP 8/6/2017 – SMA 4351

DEMURRAGE – AMENDED FINAL AWARD – NO OBJECTION TO CLAIM – NO RESPONSE FROM RESPONDENT Owner initiated arbitration proceedings against Charterer over an unpaid demurrage amount. Charterer issued no response or objection to the claim. BC Chartering Carriers GmbH Co. KG (hereinafter, “Owner”) claimed the demurrage balance from The Shopping Metal USA, Inc. (hereinafter, “Charterer”) after the Charterer failed to pay the outstanding balance within the time allocated by the charter party under the Gencon form. The demurrage amount in question totaled $13,265.62. Under the provisions of the charter party the dispute was to be conducted using the Shortened Arbitration...
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Keytrade Africa SA, as Claimant, and Asbita Sarl, as Respondent (Final Award) – SMA 4331

DEMURRAGE – LATE PAYMENT – SOLE ARBITRATOR – RESPONDENT FAILED TO RESPOND TO CLAIMS Keytrade Africa SA claimed for demurrage and interests on late payments against Asbita Sarl when they failed to submit payment before the date specified in their Settlement Agreement. eytrade Africa SA (hereinafter, “Keytrade”) entered into an Assignment Agreement with Keytrade AG wherein they took all rights and obligations from Keytrade AG to pursue a claim against Asbita Sarl (hereinafter, “Asbita”) for demurrage with respect to two voyages. The claims were the result of late demurrage payments and interests accrued during the discharging operations of the two...
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Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC, Claimant, and Methanol Holdings Trinidad Ltd., Respondent – SMA 4340

REPUDIATORY BREACH – WAIT FOR ORDERS CLAUSE – WFO – DAMAGES DUE TO EARLY TENDERING OF NOR – NOTICE OF READINESS – SUPPLY CONTRACT – WARRANTED SPEED Charterer suffered losses resulting from an early tendered notice of readiness. Owner contended that the Charterer was not in its rights to delay the voyage as it had entered into a supply contract and endorsed the bills of lading with another party, and had such transferred the rights and terms of the charter. ukoil Pan Americas, LLC (hereinafter, “Charterer”) filed claims against Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited disponent owner (hereinafter, “Owner”) of the MT...
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Lexmar Corporation of Liberia, Chartered Owner, and Tricentrol Oil Trading Inc., S.A., Charterer, of the M/T GLEFI I – SMA 3199

VOYAGE CHARTER PARTY – DETENTION – SAFE PORT – SAFE BERTH – PORT OF HOUSTON Under the auspices that the Port of Houston was an unsafe port when the Vessel could not depart its discharge berth after a tug sank in the ship channel, Owner claimed detention.  Charterer contended that the contractual agreement ended upon the completion of discharge and disconnection of the hoses and that the accident in the ship channel was abnormal, unexpected, and beyond Charterer’s control. exmar Corporation of Liberia (hereinafter, “Owner”) claimed detention to the amount of $90,077.48 plus interest from Tricentrol Oil Trading Inc. (hereinafter,...
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Blue Fin Tankers Inc. as Disponent Owner of the MIT DA YUAN HU and MIT DA MING HU as Claimant, and Owner and Tesoro Far East Maritime Company SA as Charterer, and Respondent – SMA 4323

DEMURRAGE – SUSPENDED LAYTIME – TAKING ON LUBE / SPARES – INTERNAL STRIPPING – PUMP WARRANTY – INTEREST – ASDEM PUMPING PERFORMANCE FORMULA Upon receipt of Owner’s demurrage claims, charterer deducted time whilst Vessel loaded lube and spares, internal stripping during discharge, and a deduction for failing to discharge within the warranted 24 hours or maintain an average of 100 PSI at the manifold. his arbitration was initiated by Blue Fin Tankers Inc. (hereinafter, “Owner”) against Tesoro Far East Maritime Company SA (hereinafter, “Charterer”) in regards to disputes over demurrage claims with respect to three voyage charters. The charters were...
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Macsteel International USA Corp. v. Inter Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. – SMA 4322, 14 Aug 2017

PARTIAL FINAL AWARD - ARREST AND ATTACHMENT OF VESSEL - MARITIME LIEN - DEFAULT IN HIRE - UNSEAWORTHY The vessel was denied entry into a prior port for other charterers’ accounts which subsequently delayed her arrival at charterer’s disport. The panel was tasked to determine the party at fault for the delay and whether demurrage and other damages for barges awaiting the vessel at charterer’s disport for transshipment purposes were to be considered as consequential.
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Thorco Shipping A/S v. Effie Business Corporation S.A. (The “Thorco China”) – SMA 4316, 15 December 2015

NORGRAIN 1973 - FIRE - NORGRAIN EXCEPTIONS CLAUSE - IMPRACTICALITY - REPUDIATED / CANCELLED CHARTER PARTY Due to a cargo elevator, allegedly needed in order for a vessel to discharge bulk cargo, being unavailable due to fire, Charterer cancelled the charter party due to commercial impracticality and a clause in the C/P.
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Wagenborg Shipping v. Rain CII Carbon (The “Azoresborg”) – SMA 4314, 17 May 2017

AMWELSH - CANCELLED / REPUDIATED CHARTER PARTY - MITIGATED LOSSES - BALLAST VOYAGE - SUBSTITUTE EMPLOYMENT - POSITIONING VOYAGE Upon cancelling the charter party during loading Charterer instructed Owner to mitigate losses by seeking other cargos. Owner repositioned the original vessel and had a sister ship sail a ballast voyage to the delivery location of the follow on time charter of the original ship.  Owner claimed for lost income and bunker costs due to repositioning.
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Agathonissos Special Maritime Enterprise v. ST Shipping & Transport PTE, Ltd. (The “Aganthonissos”) – SMA 4315, 31 May 2017

ASBATANKVOY - COLLISION - ALLISION - SHIP TO SHIP (STS) - SAFE BERTHING / SHIFTING - GENERAL EXCEPTIONS - CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE - SEAWORTHY - INCOMPETENCE - LANGUAGE BARRIER - DEMURRAGE - DAMAGES Prior to a Ship to Ship Transfer a supply boat collided with the tanker (“Agathonissos”) it was sent to support.  The Agathonissos subsequently was delayed in lightering the vessel to be lightered (VTBL) which, being needed elsewhere, lightered to a replacement lightering tanker.  The replacement lightering tanker eventually lightering to the Agathonissos after the Agathonissos was repaired.  The owner of the Agathonissos alleged the supply vessel was unseaworthy due to its crew and held the Agathonissos’s charterer liable.  The charterer alleged the same of the Agathonissos.  Charterer also attempted to rely upon clauses 6 and 7 of ASBATANKVOY to deduct time from counting.  Owner pointed to two clauses in the C/P, Clauses 9 and 19 of ASBATANKVOY, within which the charterer assumes the risk and peril of a lightering and neither party is to be held liable under certain circumstances.
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BBC Chartering Carriers GMBH v Primavera Importacao E Expoertacao De Carais LTDA and LT Cargo Transportes E Armazens Gerais LTDA. (The “Nalinee Naree”) – SMA 4313, 18 April 2016

DETENTION - REPUDIATED CHARTER PARTY - DEADFREIGHT - HULL CLEANING - MITIGATED DAMAGES After awaiting several weeks for cargo, the charter party was repudiated and the owner fixed mitigating voyages. Owner claimed for detention, deadfreight, and hull cleaning expenses.
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