Philippine Bureau of Customs taken to court over ‘unwarranted’ tanker seizure

Magnolia Shipping, a Singapore offshoot of Greece’s Sea World, has taken the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs to court over a vessel seizure. The shipowner claims customs officials carried out an “unwarranted seizure and detention” of the Alpine Magnolia, a bunker tanker that is on charter to Glencore. The ship was arrested at the port of Limay, across Manila Bay from the capital, on charges that it was carrying smuggled bunker fuel.

Magnolia maintains the arrest was wrong, carried out on an “unfounded allegation” and “without due process”.

Moreover, Magnolia maintains that the incident has led to major client, BP Group, stopping any business with the Alpine Magnolia until subsidiary BP Shipping is satisfied that adequate measures have been taken.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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