Boskalis suffers legal ruling in Russian court

A Murmansk Region court in northern Russia has seized dredger Nordic Giant (MMSI 273295330) and Arctic Scradeway, both of which belong to Boskalis LLC., a Russian subsidiary of Netherlands-based dredging and heavy lift company Boskalis, which were working on the project to build a liquefied natural gas plant.

The court order followed a lawsuit filed by a Novatek subsidiary, Arctic LNG 2, which had entered into a contract with Saren BV, a joint venture between Turkey’s Renaissance Heavy Industries and Italy’s Saipem, for the design and construction of three gravity-based structures on which the LNG trains would be built. Boskalis provided the vessels to lay the foundation for the base plate of the process train, the court said in its decision.

However, from March 4th, less than a week after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the court heard that Boskalis essentially suspended work without explaining the reasons or notifying Saren. It left the vessels at the Murmansk port and sent a notice that it was unilaterally terminating the contract, the suit claimed.

Saren was reportedly forced to look for an alternative subcontractor. This, it was said, would lead to a significant increase in work and the time it would take to complete it.

The court granted Arctic LNG 2’s motion for an injunction. It seized the dredger, along with the pontoon vessel.

The seized vessels will be transferred to the custody of Onego Shipping Ltd, which will have permission to use them. Onego Shipping is a St Petersburg-based company owned by Alexander Kulikov.