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Leedo contests impounding of ferry St. Ola in court

BC, Tallinn, 13.01.2017.Print version
OU St. Ola Maritime owned by Estonian businessman Vjatseslav Leedo has contested in court the impounding of the ferry St. Ola as security against the claim of around one million euros in port fees that Leedo has allegedly failed to pay the state-owned operator of regional ports AS Saarte Liinid, writes LETA/BNS.

"Sworn advocate Kristel Valk has submitted an appeal against the said claim," a spokesperson for the Parnu county court, Anneli Vilu, told.


"The court has not yet taken a position and the case has not reached the circuit court," she added.


The companies Saaremaa Laevakompanii and Vainamere Liinid belonging to Estonian businessman Vjatseslav Leedo have failed to pay the state-owned operator of regional ports AS Saarte Liinid approximately one million euros in port fees. A court has impounded the ferry St . Ola owned by a company of Leedo as security against the claim.


Vainamere Liinid OU finds that any potential claims have been offset against damage it has incurred as a result of the actions of the latter. Vainamere Liinid also maintains that impounding the ferry St. Ola owned by a different company, St. Ola Maritime, is totally unjustified.


Vainamere Liinid has said it is Saarte Liinid that owes money to them instead, and owes a bigger amount than the claims of Saarte Liinid against them. Vainamere Liinid said they lodged their claim against Saarte Liinid last year, as the operator of ports failed to fulfill its obligations arising from the contract on the provision of port services. "As a result, Vainamere Liinid as a carrier incurred substantial damage. Saarte Liinid has not repaid its debt and the claims of Vainamere Liinid exceed the claims of AS Saarte Liinid. Therefore Vainamere Liinid OU is not indebted to AS Saarte Liinid," the ferry operator owned by Leedo said.






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