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Monday, June 18, 2018

BOLLFILTER Wins Arbitration over OceanSaver

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 1, 2017

After four years an arbitral tribunal has fully dismissed OceanSaver AS’ claim for compensation against BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS, Denmark.

In 2013, OceanSaver AS initiated an arbitration case in Denmark against BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS, claiming that BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS had delivered defective filtration machines with wire mesh filters to OceanSaver AS in 2010 and 2011.
The filtration machines, developed and manufactured by German Boll & Kirch Filterbau GmbH, were included in ballast water treatment systems sold by OceanSaver AS to shipyards in South Korea and China. Following installation, the filtration machines did not function properly, and OceanSaver AS claimed that this owed to defects in the filters, and that BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS had acted with gross negligence.
BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS claimed the filtration machines had been thoroughly tested and were fully functional, and that the problems encountered were attributable to other factors, including inadequate piping on board the vessels. 
Based on the evidence, the tribunal dismissed OceanSaver A/S' claim in its entirety, and OceanSaver AS was ordered to pay all arbitration costs and BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS' legal costs.
“The filtration machines manufactured by Boll & Kirch Filterbau GmbH are successfully installed in hundreds of ships around the world, and we never doubted that we would win the arbitration case. Our automatic filters for ballast water stand for first class quality," said Robert Jellinggaard, CEO of BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS. “We are very happy that this dispute has finally come to an end, and we are looking forward to again spending all of our time and energy on working with our many customers rather than in a courtroom.”
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