UASC sues Miami-based marine fuels provider WFS over ‘off-spec’ fuel

The Middle East shipping giant is seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of the off-spec fuel oil.
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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has filed a law suit against Miami-based marine fuels provider World Fuels Services (WFS) for ‘off-spec’ fuel oil supplied in 2016.

The Middle East shipping giant is seeking relief from damages incurred through the bunkering of the off-spec fuel oil, according to the suit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on 27 June, 2018.

UASC claims that on or about 21 September 2016, it entered into contract with WFS for delivery of 3,500-4,200 tons of high-sulphur 380cst bunker fuel for containership UASC JILFAR in the port of Kavkaz, Russia, according to Argus Media.

The fuel provided by WFS on or about 28 September, failed to meet ISO quality specifications and had to be debunkered at UASC’s own expense to prevent damage to the vessel's systems, the shipping line claims.

UASC also alleges that WFS failed to provide the full contracted amount of fuel. Court documents state that UASC's final order was for delivery of 4,200t high-sulphur 380cst at $193/t.

UASC claims that it mitigated part of its losses by reselling the off-spec fuel oil to an unnamed buyer in Singapore.

The line is seeking unspecified damages but the minimum amount required for standing in the court is US $200,000.

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