Admiral Container Lines sues to attach funds paid into wrong account

Turkey-based Admiral Container Lines, a provider of container services in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, is suing to attach funds held at JPMorgan Chase after apparently being deceived in a cyber-theft worth more than $250,000, Freightwaves has reported.

Admiral Container Lines bought marine fuel in October 2021 from Island Petroleum for its vessel Admiral Galaxy (IMO 9365843). The total amount due was $253,120.

According to Admiral, a fraudster posing as Island Petroleum sent new instructions on payment, directing the container line to transfer the money to a JP Morgan Chase bank account in the US. The phishing scam used a fake email address with the “o” in “oil” replaced by a zero. Admiral Container Lines paid $250,120 on November 10th 2021 and is now attempting to regain the cash.

2008-built, Liberia-flagged, 21,092 gt Admiral Galaxy is owned by Admiral Amigo Inc care of manager Midocean IOM Ltd of Douglas, Isle of Man. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Midocean (IOM) Ltd. As of January 4th the vessel was at Ashdod Anchorage, Israel.