More than 20 ships have experienced engine problems over the past few months, attributed by owners to bunkers provided by a fuel supplier in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.

The matter was raised earlier this week during the annual meeting in Piraeus of the Marine Technical Managers Association (MarTecMA) — a group mainly representing big Greek shipping companies’ technical managers.

George Saroglou, a senior executive with Greece’s Tsakos Shipping group, revealed during the event that a client of its management arm, Tsakos Columbia, is taking legal steps in Rotterdam against the said supplier of blended low-sulphur fuels.