Sweden’s Concordia Maritime has recovered demurrage costs following a decision by a tanker master to pull out of a US terminal 12 minutes after berthing.

A High Court judgment in London has revealed that the captain of Concordia’s 65,100-dwt product carrier Stena Primorsk (built 2006) feared for the vessel’s safety due to low water levels at Paulsboro, New Jersey, on 31 March 2019.

The ship had been booked for a single voyage by charterer Petroleos del Norte, which claimed the vessel was in breach of its contract by leaving the dock.