China demands $1.6 million from Dutch owner of m/v Maxima for the alleged harm
Dutch freighter Maxima is in the same position in Shanghai, under arrest for an oil spill in port area after collision with Chinese m/v JINGFAN 1 (MMSI:413371680), which took place on June 26 12. As it became known, Chinese authorities demand from the owner some 10 million yuan, about $1.6 million, as a fine or compensation, or both. The owner is at law with the Chinese authorities, finding the fine to be too big and unjust, which is most probably, exactly the case. The crew meanwhile, stays unpaid. Ukrainian authorities woke up and reacted, at long last. Ukrainian Shanghai Consul General contacted the Master of the vessel two days ago, and is monitoring the situation. The predicament Dutch Company find itself in is well understood, one more case of State piracy – things like that happen all around the world, including Ukraine, where vessels are sometimes outrageously fined for small leak or just suspicion of the leak. Still, this is no excuse to delay the wages. Contracts of some of the crew already expired and they have to return home, but all 11 seamen are stranded on board without much hope yet.
Voytenko MikhailMaritime Bulletin