Bulker operators are chasing an Omani cement producer for money owed in demurrage and damages, which the company claims were racked up through rogue activity by an ex-employee.

However, the claimants think the cement firm is making excuses to get out of paying its bills. Further review by TradeWinds shows there could be more to the story, raising questions over how Raysut Cement Company clocked up vast bills for demurrage at its own load port.

Emarat, AM Nomikos, Norvic Shipping and Ultrabulk are among the firms that claim they are owed money by Salalah-based Raysut, which had chartered vessels from the operators.