Hong Kong-based East England Shipping’s only ship is sitting under arrest in Singapore at the request of a Dubai-based marine fuels supplier that has grown tired of waiting for payment of a $967,000 bunker bill.
Meck Petroleum seized East England’s 75,000-dwt LR1 product tanker Super Ever (built 2004) on Monday after filing a bunker claim with the High Court of Singapore.
Further details of the claim were not immediately available on Wednesday.
S&P Global data links ownership of the Super Ever to Kerun International Trading Co, a company that on paper shares the same office in Hong Kong as East England, which is listed as its operator and manager. Neither could be reached for comment on the arrest.
Both companies were founded in 2021, when the Super Ever was acquired as Nordmerkur from Germany’s Reederei Nord for a reported $10m.
Meck Petroleum is no stranger to ship arrests in Singapore. The company was one of many creditors to place a claim against Savory Shipping’s 46,900-dwt MR2 product tanker Victor I after it was arrested in the city-state by its crew in March 2022.
The ship was subsequently sold at auction, with a court ordering that Meck Petroleum be issued $200,000 from the proceeds of the sale.