Vietnamese vessel detained in India for unpaid fuel debt

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Indian port authorities have detained a Vietnamese ship and its 25 fishermen following a request made by a Singaporean fuel firm which says the vessel's company owes it money.

Express News Service on Thursday said the Paradip Port Trust authorities in eastern India have been holding the Vietnamese boat since Tuesday under directions made by the Bombay High Court.

Sources said the owner of the vessel, Vietnam Petrol Shipping Joint Stock Company, had failed to pay the fuel supply firm United Bunkering Trading Asia Pvt.

The Singapore-based firm has filed a writ petition via their Indian lawyers, seeking the detention of the vessel until the payment, which exceeds two hundred thousand dollars, is paid.

The vessel anchored at Paradip on March 24 to unload 12,439 MT of RP coke, a byproduct of coal. The ship has now been transferred to the port anchorage.

The Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi said it is checking the news and is prepared offer necessary assistance.

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