Operators of a donut shop in the southern Indian Ocean have launched a legal challenge to the operation of a controversial red sea oil tanker.
Key points:A total of 23 ships are currently in operation in the Indian Ocean, with two carrying oil and a third carrying gasThe ship operator is a subsidiary of a group of Malaysian companiesThe court case will now be heard by a court in SingaporeThe case centres around the delivery of a fuel tanker, the MV Gavit, to the port of Sarawak in Malaysia’s Sabah state in September, 2015.
On Tuesday, a Malaysian court ordered the vessel to be moved to the island of Sarafan in Malaysia, in a case which has the potential to set a precedent for offshore oil exploration.
“There is no doubt that there is an oil industry in the Southern Ocean.
We do not see that there should be any issue of interference by the authorities, whether that be in the oil industry, the port or the national security,” said Mr Lee, a law professor at the University of Western Australia.”
The vessel is operated by a Malaysian company, MV Gevit, which is based in Malaysia.
We are also not sure if it is a vessel that is used to bring the oil to the market or if it has been diverted from its original destination.”
The company that owns the MV Galit, Mekong Energy, is also involved in a similar dispute over a tanker used by Malaysia’s national oil company, Petronas, in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
The MV Galits cargo ship is one of the largest in the world.
It is also one of Malaysia’s largest ship owners, and it is the second largest ship in the country after Singapore’s Petrona.
In a statement, Mekind Energy’s Singapore representative said the MVG Galit had been “delivered by a vessel owned by Mekind and operated by its subsidiary, Mekinda, on a contractual basis for the past year.”
“The company was not aware that the vessel had been diverted,” the statement read.
“Upon arrival at the port in Malaysia the vessel was taken to an authorized port and then to an authorised processing centre.
The company was informed that the container would be taken to a port of inspection in Singapore, and that the cargo would be transferred to the cargo ship.””
Upon completion of the transfer, the vessel arrived in Singapore in accordance with the terms of its contract.”
Mekind Energy did not respond to questions about why it had not informed the authorities about the vessel’s diversion.
But in a statement to the ABC, MekIND Energy’s chairman, Tan Jiajun, said Mekind was “very happy” with the outcome of the court case.
“We are glad that the court has ruled that this case will be heard, and our intention is to make sure that the company and the vessel are transferred safely to Singapore,” Mr Jiaju said.
“Mekinda has already been transferred to Singapore.
We have made arrangements with Singapore authorities to transport the vessel safely.”
Manganese oil industry lawyer Mr Kim said the case raised important issues of the sovereignty of the country’s offshore oil industry.
“If there is a conflict of interest that is a major issue and a very serious one, then the issue of sovereign rights in the South Asian waters will be raised,” he said.
But Mr Kim added that Mekind did not operate in the contested waters of Malaysia.
“It is the responsibility of the government to protect the safety of vessels operating in the territorial waters of their respective countries,” he added.
“But Mekind has been operating in Malaysia for years, and we would not expect them to do anything if the vessel were to be diverted.”
In a blog post, Mr Lee said Mekinda had already paid about $20 million for the MV Garit.
“They will get it back to Malaysia at the end of the day,” he wrote.
“I would urge the government of Singapore to make this issue public, and the government has done so.”