Uninsured and delicate situation in Bangladesh
A ship at an outer anchorage in a port in Bangladesh had completed discharge and had all the papers on board necessary for departure. However, before anchors were lifted, the Master received notice from the authorities that the ship had been arrested for security in respect of a cargo claim and that the relevant Court order was being taken to the ship by boat. The ship disregarded this notice and sailed. However, shortly after this, the time charterer of a sister ship issued a bill of lading requiring delivery of the cargo on board to this same port.
We were instructed by the ship owner to meet with officials from the Court and negotiate a deal to ensure that punitive action would not be taken against the sister ship when it arrived to discharge its cargo