The Courts ordered two ships by shipping companies registered in Panama to pay substantial sums to local companies, a bank and sailors.
One ship was ordered to pay €617,279 to a bank and four local oil suppliers, whilst another had to pay €43,152 to 22 sailors. The first case was brought before the Courts by Dr Ann Fenech, representing Macquire Bank Limited, Salvo Grima & Sons Limited, San Lucian Oil Company Limited, Island Bunker Oils Limited and Cassar Petroleum Services Limited against the Ship called “A LADYBUG”, owned by the company; ‘A Ladybug Corporation’.
The bank asked to be paid €70,362 for unpaid work done by 12 seamen aboard the vessel, which the bank had forked out.
Macquire Bank Ltd also paid a sum of €123,435 to the Transport Authority, €74,950 for the ship to anchor in Malta and €48,485 for the provision of ‘emergency bunker fuel’.
The four local companies also requested payment for fuel and water supplied to the ship. Following the company’s failure to react to the request for payment by the other companies, Judge Mark Chetcuti ordered it to pay the requested sum. Meanwhile, Judge Anthony Ellul ordered a vessel belonging to another company of the same parent corporation, to pay the sum of € 43,152 to 22 sailor who were not paid for services they provided.
International Transport Workers’ Federation’s Paul Falzon opened this case against the ship called “B LADYBUG” and told the Courts that although the company had agreed to certain settlements equivalent to € 43,152, had not yet paid.
After the company failed to respond to the request within the specified time limit, Judge Anthony Ellul granted the request of the crew and ordered the company to pay the requested sum. Source: Malta Independent