US-based Schuyler Line Navigation is taking a construction giant to court over detention and demurrage charges for a project on a remote British overseas territory.

The Maryland shipowner filed suit against Fluor AMEC II, a subsidiary of Fortune 500 Fluor Corp, alleging it is owed $2.2m. Schuyler claimed that its ships were held up five times for more than a month in total due to Fluor’s delays.

“Under the parties’ contract, Fluor agreed to pay detention or demurrage charges at contractual rates in the event of unplanned delays in Schuyler’s ability to access the port or offload cargo,” the shipowner said in the complaint, filed on 22 November in the US federal court for South Carolina.