GulfNav to appeal arbitration award

Feb 14 2014

At a board meeting held on 9th November, Gulf Navigation (GulfNav) decided to appeal against the arbitration award made to Nordic American Tankers (NAT) (see last week’s news).

This award was made following a claim against GulfNav for allegedly redelivering a NAT Suezmax from a bareboat charter in a poor condition. The arbitrators found in favour of NAT and awarded the company around $10.2 mill in compensation.

GulfNav reported a total loss of AED697.9 mill for last year, compared with a loss of AED147.8 mill in 2012.

This increase in the loss was due to a provision allocated for exiting the VLCC market, a write off of goodwill and a provision in respect of claims against the company, which GulfNav said were non-recurring items and constituted about 89% of the loss.

Both the company’s VLCCs are the subject to sales negotiations at present, which should be concluded shortly. 

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