Problems continue to mount for bankrupt Hanjin Shipping in North America even if some of its vessels have managed to dock and discharge cargo.
The Hanjin Scarlet which had been unloading Port of Prince Rupert, British Colombia, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, as preparing leave port bound for Seattle according to local reports.
The vessel was arrested by terminal operator DP World that is claiming $1.6million in unpaid bills from Hanjin ships. The Hanjin Scarlet had been calling at DP World’s Fairview Terminal after a deal had been struck with the terminal operator and CN Rail to offload boxes.
A second vessel the Hanjin Vienna was detained off British Colombia on 1 September.
Meanwhile although three vessels Hanjin Boston, Hanjin Greece and Hanjin Gdynia have managed to come into port in the US unload, a fourth Hanjin Jungil remains stranded at sea of southern California.
“We’re negotiating with every service provider and they are saying ‘I’m not going to let this ship berth,'” Hanjin’s lawyer Ilana Volkov was reported at a Newark, New Jersey court he hearing, by Reuters. “My client is being held hostage.”
Last week Hanjin gained provisional bankruptcy protection in the US, and injection of $36m in funding from its parent, allowing its vessels to come into port.
Hanjin filed for receivership in Korea on 31 August leaving 141 vessels, including 98 containerships stranded around the world with $14billion in cargo onboard.
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