Jan, 2018. Maritime Digest of Arbitration Awards and Court Rulings

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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London Arbitration 26/17

CHARTER PARTY – REPUDIATORY BREACH – FAILURE TO PROVIDE CARGO – DEMURRAGE – DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFIT Owner claimed demurrage and damages from loss of profit after Charterer failed to provide cargo at loading port resulting in a repudiatory breach of the charter party. nder a fixture note using the Gencon 1994 form the Vessel was chartered to lift a shipment of coal ex Newcastle, Australia and discharging Kemen, China. Upon arrival at the loading port in Newcastle the Charterer failed to provide the cargo, and subsequently the Vessel accrued demurrage. Charterer then informed Owner that they would no...
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London Arbitration 20/18

DEMURRAGE – SUBSTITUTE CHARTER PARTY – UNPAID FREIGHT – WHETHER OWNER CAN DELAY DISCHARGE OPERATIONS – POSSESSORY LIEN When Owner entered a substitute charter party upon the Original Charterer’s failure to pay freight the Substitute Charterer signed the fixture recap of the original charter. The question is whether the terms of the original charter pertain to the demurrage amount accrued by Substitute Charterer. he matter of this dispute arose following claims over the demurrage balance from a voyage under a substitute charter party. The Disponent Owner (hereinafter, “Owner”) entered into a charter party on the Gencon 4 form with the...
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London Arbitration 16/18

DEMURRAGE – PORT CHARTER – NOTICE OF READINESS – WIPON PROVISION – GEOGRAPHICAL READINESS Owner claimed demurrage arising from delay where vessel was unable to proceed directly to berthing. The vessel tendered four notices of readiness, the third of which was argued as triggering laytime. he dispute of this arbitration concerns establishing the party responsible for the delay that occurred when the vessel attempted to berth at the discharge port of Saleef, Yemen. The vessel was chartered on an amended Gencon 94 form as a port charter. Owner claims for demurrage arising from the delay amounting to $86,088.02 plus interest...
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London Arbitration 11/18

TIME CHARTER PARTY – OFF HIRE – SUB-CHARTER – OFF SPECIFICATION CARGO – WRONGFUL REDELIVERY When vessel was detained due to legal proceedings by the receiver against the charterer due to off spec cargo, charterer deducted the lost time from hire. his arbitration was consolidated from two that were held concurrently in accordance with para 14(b) of the LMAA Terms. Charterer under an amended Shelltime 4 form chartered the vessel from Owner for a time charter for a period of forty to seventy-five days with redelivery of the vessel in “med/black sea”. Subsequently the Charterer then sub-chartered the vessel under...
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London Arbitration 9/18

TIME CHARTER – OFF-HIRE PROVISIONS – VESSEL PERFORMANCE – SPEED – CONSUMPTION – TIME BAR – HAGUE RULES Charterer made deductions to hire that were attributed to underperformance of the vessel. These deduction claims were submitted using the off-hire provision. Owner contended off-hire provisions did not account for deductions made in regard to vessel performance, and in any case performance claims were time-barred. he Charterer made deductions to the hire sum totaling $729,158.76, of which about $450,000 was attributed to vessel underperformance regarding speed and the overconsumption of bunkers. Charterer’s performance claims were described as “off-hire due to under performance...
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London Arbitration 4/18

TIME CHARTER PARTY – SLOW CRANE MOVEMENT DURING LOADING – UNDERPERFORMANCE OF VESSEL – WHETHER OWNER IN BREACH OF CHARTER PARTY Charterer claimed for time lost due to perceived slow movements of vessel’s cranes during loading operations and underperformance of vessel. It asserted that for both disputes the Owner breached warranties in the charter party. harterer filed claims against Owner over two disputes arising during a single time charter voyage. The first dispute brought by the Charterer was that the cranes utilized in the vessel’s loading operations were moving slowly and subsequently lost them time to the amount of 1.89...
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Glencore Energy UK Ltd v OMV Supply and Trading Ltd – QBD (Comm Ct) (Sir Ross Cranston) [2018] EWHC 895 (Comm) – 23 April 2018

DEMURRAGE – DETENTION – TIME BAR – NOTICE OF READINESS Vessel was requested to wait in gulf outside discharge port due to a lack of berthing prospects. Owner invoiced detention inclusive of extra bunkers consumed from CFR seller whom in turn claimed it from the CFR buyer.  The CFR time-barred the claim via the demurrage time bar clause. lencore Energy UK Ltd (hereinafter, “Glencore”) sold 80,000 mt of light crude oil CFR to OMV Supply and Trading Ltd (hereinafter, “OMV”) to be loaded at Novorossiysk, Russia and carried by a vessel that was to be nominated to the discharge port...
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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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