German company alleges lack of payment for charter vessel

By Mark Trammell | Dec 9, 2015

HOUSTON--A German vessel supplier is suing three transportation and shipping companies, alleging they did not pay for a charter they solicited from the plaintiff. 

DS-Rendite Fonds Nr. 108 and Ashna GmbH & Co Tankschiff K, also known as DS-Rendite, fileda lawsuit Aug. 18 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Energy Transportation International (ETI), Essar Shipping (ES) and Essar Shipping and Logistics and garnishee Essar Energy Overseas Texas.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 2, 2009, DS-Rendite agree to charter the vessel in question to ETI, with ES assuming the obligations of ETI in the case of default. The suit says neither has paid the cost of the charter, nor has parent company Essar.

The plaintiff alleges breach of maritime contract and maritime attachment, plus garnishment.

DS-Rendite Fonds seeks the unpaid cost, plus interest and late fees incurred and attorney costs. It is represented by attorneys J. Stephen Simms and Marios J. Monopolis, of Simms Showers in Hunt Valley, Md. 

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-02386.

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