The company filed a complaint at Florida Southern District
Court on October 19, 2018, seeking compensation for damages caused by contaminated
bunkers to two of its LPG tankers, M/V BW Kyoto and M/V BW Leo, court documents
The fuel tanked into the company’s ships in April in the
Nederland port in Texas has reportedly caused the ships’ fuel pump systems to
clog up, posing a danger to the ships’ engines. The fuel had to be removed
before causing any further damage.
Both BW Group and World Fuel Services are yet to provide
World Maritime News with a comment on the matter.
Back in September, Trafigura Maritime lodged a complaint
against WFSC with Florida Southern District Court over bunker issues.
Contaminated marine fuels are believed to have caused
operational issues to over 150 ships this year.
The contaminated fuels were initially delivered to ships in
Houston in January this year, followed by Panama, Singapore and Malaysia in
April, causing a myriad of technical and mechanical problems for ship owners
The contaminated fuel can lead to engine failures and
associated losses of propulsion, placing the safety of the affected ship and
crew at risk.
Shipowners’ associations have vehemently criticized lack of
action from maritime authorities to address the issue, curb the further spread
of contaminated fuels and investigate the causes of the problem and
sources of contamination.