Court of Appeal dismisses complaint of Russia’s Central Energy Customs related to offshore bunkering ban
The Court of Appeal has dismissed the complaint of the Central Energy Customs related to the ban оn offshore bunkering, says press center of Russian Association of Marine and River Bunker Suppliers.
Moscow District Arbitration Court considered the complaint concerning the decision of Moscow City Arbitration Court dated March 7, 2014 and the decision of the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal dated July 2, 2014 on October 28, 2014. The session was attended by a representative of Russian Association of Marine and River Bunker Suppliers.
The Court affirmed the decisions and dismissed the appeal of CEC.
On August 22, 2013 CEC's chief Pavel Strelnikov in his teletype order instructed the customs departments to carry out control and clearance procedures for onboard fuel stores, including bunkers at special places, authorizing to conduct bunkering operations only at SPMs of dedicated terminals of Russian oil companies, which actually banned bunker fuel supply to tankers at offshore anchorage. In the result, tens of vessels could not be fueled in time and Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia initiated proceedings in relation of possible violation of antimonopoly legislation by Central Energy Customs. In March 2014, Moscow City Arbitration Court has declared invalid the CEC teletypogram. In June, the Arbitration Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the court of trial jurisdiction and dismissed the appeal of CEC.
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