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UASC files lawsuit against World Fuel Services alleging off-spec bunkers, short delivery

Delivery is said to have been performed by local Kavkaz supplier in 2016.



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Updated on 11 Jul 2018 08:51 GMT

United Arab Shipping Company Ltd (UASC) has filed a lawsuit against World Fuel Services (WFS), alleging that it was supplied with off-spec bunker fuel by a local Kavkaz supplier, and that the quantity of fuel received was less than the contracted amount.

UASC claims in documents filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and seen by Bunker Index, that WFS confirmed the order, on or around September 21, 2016, to supply 3,500 to 4,200 metric tonnes of ISO 8217:2010-standard RMG 380 fuel to the vessel UASC Jilfar at Russia's Port Kavkaz.

The agreed price for the fuel is stated as $193.50 per tonne, with 30-day payment terms.

The delivery is then said to have been subsequently carried out via a local supplier - with WFS understood to have been acting as a trader in the operation - approximately a week later, on or around September 28, 2016.

However, according to UASC, the fuel delivered was not in accordance with the quality specifications agreed, so it was removed from the ship's fuel tanks in order to prevent damage to its engines, with UASC bearing the cost of removing the bunkers and obtaining a substitute fuel.

UASC also notes that it sold the alleged off-spec bunkers to a third party buyer in Singapore "in order to mitigate its damages".

Additionally, the shipper claims the quantity of fuel received in Kavkaz was less than the contracted amount agreed with WFS.

The plaintiff is demanding judgment against WFS for damages incurred in excess of $200,000, plus "any further relief this court deems proper".






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