Falcon Navigation Sues World Fuel Services Over ‘Off-Specification’ VLSFO

Shipping firm Falcon Navigation is suing bunker provider World Fuel Services over a Houston gasoline supply which it claims was off-specification due to its elevated sulfur content material.

US court docket paperwork present Falcon filed its grievance in opposition to WFS final month.

Falcon had sub-chartered the bulker WL Uglich from WL Shipping in September 2020, in response to the grievance, and later that month obtained about 240 mt of VLSFO and 30 mt of MGO from WFS at Houston.

VPS examined the gasoline’s sulfur content material at 0.53%, and subsequent testing by Intertek introduced a results of about 0.56%, Falcon mentioned within the grievance.

The gasoline was subsequently debunkered in October on the orders of WL Shipping, which then offered a declare in opposition to Falcon in arbitration proceedings in London to cowl the price of the operation, the alternative bunkers and different prices.

“WFS is liable to FALCON for breach of contract for failure to produce sound bunkers match for his or her supposed use or for his or her atypical use, and out of doors of the specs of the contract,” Falcon mentioned within the grievance.

“The foregoing breach of guarantee induced harm to FALCON, together with the prices of litigation and arbitration, and rendered FALCON doubtlessly chargeable for the quantities sought by Disponent Owner for damages.”

The case is being heard at a US District Court within the Southern District of Florida.

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