Two Crystal Cruises ships operating under a Genting Hong Kong unit have been seized in the Bahamas after a fuel supplier sought their arrest for $4.6 million in unpaid bills.
ccording to reports, the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were arrested on February 4 in Freeport in the Bahamas.
A Florida judge issued an arrest warrant for the Crystal Symphony last month after fuel supplier Peninsula Petroleum Far East Pte. filed a lawsuit against Crystal Cruises and sought the vessel’s arrest for $4.6 million in unpaid fuel bills dating back to 2017. The suit also detailed unpaid bills for fuel delivered to the Crystal Serenity.
Commenting on Bloomberg, Crystal Cruises said that voyages for both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity ended last month, but crew members have been paid all wages and the company is meeting its contractual obligations to crew.
As of now now, it not clear which authority seized the ships in the Bahamas, but there is a possibility of a separate action having being filed in the Bahamas regarding the ships’ mortgage holders that caused the seizure of the vessels.