NEW ORLEANS – A company organized in Singapore claims a Texas corporation failed to complete a set of voyages to New Orleans as contracted.

Omegra Shipping Pte. LTD filed a complaint on Dec. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Minchem International Inc. alleging that the mineral importer failed to perform its contractual obligations.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in September 2014, defendant agreed to hire from plaintiff vessels for eight voyages for over 24 months from China to New Orleans. The suit states only one voyage was completed. The plaintiff holds Minchem International Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed and refused to perform any of the remaining voyages required under the contract of affreightment. As a result of defendant's breach, plaintiff alleges it suffered damages for the costs it would have earned for the remaining seven voyages, estimated at approximately $4.1 million.

The plaintiff seeks an order compelling defendant to provide security in an agreeable amount and for the release of its property and be condemned and sold and have plaintiff satisfaction out of the proceeds of that sale. It is represented by Peter B. Sloss and Michael D. Letourneau of Murphy, Rogers, Sloss, Gambel & Tompkins in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-17735

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