Russia’s Sakhalin Energy working firm has filed a lawsuit in a Russian courtroom over tugboats owned by Denmark’s Svitzer, a unit of delivery and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, courtroom paperwork confirmed on Thursday.
The Russian courtroom on the Pacific island of Sakhalin final month ordered the seizure of 4 tugboats belonging to Svitzer on the request of Sakhalin Energy, which claimed that the Danish firm had unilaterally annulled the freight contract with it.
Maersk has mentioned it determined to exit Russia utterly in March 2022 and has had an ongoing divestment course of over its towage actions, which incorporates the 4 tugs owned by Svitzer working on a long-term contract in Sakhalin.
Maersk didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Thursday.
The seizure of the tugs was conditional on a lawsuit being filed, which it was on May 17, a day earlier than the deadline, based on the courtroom.
The courtroom mentioned a preliminary listening to was set for June 16. It additionally mentioned the Danish group, the world’s greatest operator of tugboats, had requested for the boats to be moved out of Russian waters and reflagged.
(Reuters – Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Hugh Lawson)