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Duferco sues for undischarged wire rod

Keywords: Tags  steel trader, Duferco, Duferco Steel, wire rods, Port of Houston, Port of Brownsville, M/V Blue Ocean, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Steel trader Duferco SA and U.S. subsidiary Duferco Steel Inc. have sued the vessel M/V Blue Ocean for allegedly failing to discharge a shipment of steel wire rod from China when it arrived at the Port of Houston.

While the cargo sailed from Jingtang, China, and arrived at the Port of Houston, the vessel’s owners and operators failed to discharge the cargo as required despite it being communicated in the applicable bills of lading and to the charter party, Duferco said.

Instead, with cargo on board, the vessel proceeded to the Port of Brownsville in Texas.

Duferco, Lugano, Switzerland, is suing for the cargo’s value of some $2.6 million.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the cargo was discharged in Brownsville.

"The vessel’s failure to deliver the cargo was not caused by any act or omission of plaintiffs or those for whom they may be responsible, but instead was caused by the negligence fault, breach of duty or breach of contract of the M/V Blue Ocean," Duferco said.

Duferco, its U.S. unit and representatives of the vessel couldn’t be reached for comment.

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