Singapore EPS, Cameroon Military At Daggers Drawn Over SONARA Sphere Shipping Feud.

By Eric Tataw – Sunday February 3, 2019.

Singapore EPS, Cameroon Military At Daggers Drawn Over SONARA Sphere Shipping Feud.

The EPS MaritimeTech team during the deal with Techstars
to be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore.

A Singaporean shipping company has issued a firm statement warning the Cameroon Government over a shipping feud in Cameroon’s South West Region. A member of Eastern Pacific Shipping has confirmed to National Telegraph’s Eric Tataw on the phone late Sunday, February 3, 2019.      

The statement released Sunday, February 3, 2019, implies the Singapore-flagged ship with 26 crew; nationals from India, Ukraine, China, the Philippines, and Turkey on board has been hijacked off Cameroon’s South West Region in what has been described as an apparent commercial dispute.

“Eastern Pacific Shipping confirms that while performing standard discharge operations its managed Aframax M/T Barents Sea has been illegally seized by DSC Marine, a local charterer, and local Cameroonian military forces armed with AK-47 submachine guns in the Sonara refinery,” the statement said.

National Telegraph has been told that Barents Sea as the craft is called was seized by armed to the teeth elements of the Cameroon military, all armed with AK-47 submachine guns at the SONARA, Cameroon’s lone Oil Refinery based in Limbe in Cameroon’s South West.

According to continuous gen, the owner of DSC Marine, Jules François Famawa, used illegitimate means to seize the vessel for the purpose of holding its owners to ransom in clear violation of Cameroonian and international law. All attempts by National Telegraph at reaching Jules François Famawa for clarification were futile.

Eastern Pacific Shipping has however condemned the act, calling it of unprovoked aggression. EPS is also strongly urging the Cameroonian government to enforce its security forces to safely and immediately release the vessel and the 26 crew on board in accordance with international law.

The safe release of our crew, which includes nationals from India, Ukraine, China, the Philippines, and Turkey is our main priority. There have been no reports of physical injuries.” EPS has noted. Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) is an industry-leading ship management company based in Singapore.

Just hours ago, together with Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announced that they are jointly launching the world’s first global MaritimeTech startup accelerator, the EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars to be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore.

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