A Chinese-owned livestock carrier has been languishing under arrest in Singapore since the end of October as POSH Projects, the operator of the tug that towed it there from eastern Australia, seeks to recoup $1.8m it claims is still outstanding on the bill.

Records at the High Court of Singapore reveal that before the 11,670-gt Yangtze Harmony (built 2004) arrived in Singapore on 25 October, Svitzer Australia had lodged a tug-related claim totalling AUD 70,000 ($44,900) against the ship, while Glander International Bunkering had filed a $200,000 bunker claim.