Patrick Novak achieved a great result for client Adventure Shipping Company in a recent trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Judge Ungaro ruled that Adventure, the vessel owner, was not liable in personam to Trans-Tec, the fuel supplier, for outstanding sums owed for bunker fuel ordered by the charterer of the vessel on the grounds there was no contract between the parties to the suit. The result has great implications for parties in the shipping industry and, in particular, those involved in bunker fuel transactions. Here is the decision.
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