TransAtlantic Lines-owned ship arrested
UPDATE: Connecticut-based firm says it is working to clear up lawsuits and serve needs of customers.
August 11th, 2017 21:53 GMT
by Michael Angell
Published in Legal
TransAtlantic Lines saw one of its general cargoships arrested this week in Florida.
The blow comes as the contractor to the US government faces several lawsuits filed during the last month over unpaid bills.
The 2,000-dwt Geysir (built 1980) was arrested this week after an order from a US district judge in Florida. It is berthed at the port of Jacksonville.
Turkey’s Tuzla Shipyard ordered the arrest, alleging that it was owed $314,000 for work done on the Geysir back in April. It is also seeking $100,000 related to attorneys fees.
But Tuzla’s lawsuit is only of several facing the Geysir and its Greenwich, Connecticut-based owner.
Bunker supplier Endofa has also filed as an intervening plaintiff. It is claiming $111,900 in unpaid bunkering bills and related attorneys fees related to fuel deliveries to both the Geysir and the 5,055-dwt Transatlantic (built 1997).
The Transatlantic itself was already barred from working with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) after the US Coast Guard found multiple violations. TransAtlantic Lines said last March it was making needed repairs to the ship.
TransAtlantic said that it “remain[s] focused on serving the needs of our active customers, including the MSC. As with all legal disputes there are always several sides to the issue which we will deal with respectfully through the proper processes.”
In addition to Tuzla and Endofa, a union representing seafarers aboard also filed claims against the Geysir and the Transatlantic over unpaid wages. The total amount of unpaid wages claimed was not listed in the lawsuit.
Separately, TransAtlantic faces two lawsuits from ship agencies over unpaid bills. Wilhelms Ships Service claims to be owed $48,000 over unpaid bills and Inchape Shipping Services claims it is owed $86,000 related to port calls for the Transatlantic.