US impounds luxury cruise ship over unpaid fuel bills

0

content of the article

The Crystal Symphony, a luxury cruise ship owned by financially troubled Genting Hong Kong Ltd. will be seized to pay back $1.2 million in unpaid fuel bills when she docks in Miami, amid reports the ship is being diverted to the Bahamas after a US court issued an arrest warrant.

display

content of the article

According to J. Stephen Simms, principal counsel for Peninsula Petroleum Far East Pte. Ltd., who said he had been briefed on the plan. Ship tracking data suggests the ship docked in the Bahamas Saturday night, where a US warrant cannot be enforced.

Peninsula Petroleum Far East has filed a lawsuit in US District Court seeking a total of $4.6 million in unpaid fees for bunker fuel it has supplied to three of Genting’s ships since 2017. A US district judge in Miami issued the arrest warrant for the Crystal Symphony Thursday, according to Simms and TradeWinds magazine.

display

content of the article

“The US Marshal will be there with the warrant if the ship shows up in Miami,” Simms said. “My good money is it doesn’t end up in Miami like we were told. Our client is determined to recover.”

Genting Hong Kong became the largest cruise line in the world to seek judicial assistance to protect its assets during the pandemic when it said on Wednesday it had applied to the Bermuda Supreme Court to appoint provisional insolvency practitioners after making “all reasonable efforts” for negotiations been exhausted with creditors and creditors interested parties. The company reported a record $1.7 billion loss in May as the pandemic ravaged the cruise industry. German shipbuilding subsidiary MV Werften filed for bankruptcy this month.

display

content of the article

A Crystal Cruises representative did not respond to requests for comment, while a spokesman for Genting Cruise Lines, which operates the Crystal Cruises brand, forwarded requests to Crystal Cruises. A Port of Miami representative was not immediately available after business hours.

Peninsula Petroleum said it shipped bunker fuel to another company ship, the Crystal Serenity, in Miami as recently as January 17, according to the lawsuit filed in Florida’s Southern District Court. It plans to impound and sell the ship to recoup costs, Simms said.

Simms said he was told Friday by Port of Miami authorities that the Crystal Symphony no longer plans to dock in Miami early Saturday morning as scheduled. The port authorities confirmed the information with the pilots of the liner, it said. The ship is now scheduled to dock in Bimini, Bahamas, where a US warrant cannot be enforced, Simms said. Passengers on the ship also confirmed the itinerary change.

display

content of the article

According to vessel tracking data compiled by Bloomberg, the vessel docked in Bimini just before midnight local time on Saturday.

Lisa Jimenez, a Crystal Symphony passenger, posted about the sudden change on Facebook. “Anybody want to guess why our ship, the Crystal Symphony, is now unable to land in Miami? We have received word that we will be taken to Bimini, Bahamas, put on a ferry and taken to the USA that way. Hmm.”

London property lawyer John Dresner tweeted to ask for help from Mundy Cruising, the British travel website he says booked his Bahamas trip after changing itinerary to the Bahamas. Passengers were told the ship would be diverting to Bimini, where Genting operates a resort and casino, and would be transferred back to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, SeaTrade reported.

display

content of the article

We apologize, but this video could not be loaded.

The passengers of the Crystal Symphony, which has 848 berths, were on a 14-day voyage across the Caribbean that began January 8 in Miami and was scheduled to return to port on January 22. Genting Malaysia Bhd, part of The Genting corporate empire owned by billionaire Lim Kok Thay operates Resorts World Bimini Bahamas.

According to a previous statement, Crystal Cruises suspended its ocean and expedition voyages until April and suspended its river cruises until the end of May. It offers refunds. The company’s three operational ships will complete their current voyages, with the last completing its voyage on February 4 in Ushuaia, Argentina.

display

Remarks

Postmedia strives to maintain a lively but civilized discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their opinions on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour to be moderated before they appear on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We’ve turned on email notifications – you’ll now receive an email when you get a reply to your comment, there’s an update on a comment thread you follow, or when a user you follow comments follows. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on customizing your E-mail the settings.

Share.

Comments are closed.