Trogir Maritime, the owner of an MR2 product tanker arrested by Arne Blystad's Songa group, has told TradeWinds it is demanding alleged unpaid hire and maintenance damages from the charterer.

In an exclusive statement to TradeWinds, the Croatian financial owner affiliated with shipbuilder Brodotrogir implied that Blystad wishes to terminate the charter for merely commercial reasons.

But Blystad's shipowning lieutenant Fredrik Platou stood by his original claim that Trogir refused to take delivery of the ship after its charter expired.