CEVA sued over toxic cargo in
Sulpicio Lines Inc., owner of MV Princess of the Stars that capsized in the Southern Philippines off Romblon in June, recently initiated court action to sue the air-and-sea freight services firm that loaded the toxic endosulfan cargoonboard the ill-fated passenger vessel. In an amended complaint, the shipping firm said CEVA Logistics Inc. did not inform […]
November 1, 2008
In an amended complaint, the shipping firm said CEVA Logistics Inc. did not inform them of the nature of the cargo, which it said is in violation of their contractual and legal agreement.
This made CEVA a co-defendant in the P5.5-million damage suit that Sulpicio Lines had filed against food conglomerate Del Monte Philippines, the consignee of the toxic endosulfan cargo.
CEVA is the independent contractor hired by Del Monte for the transhipment of the cargo to Cagayan de Oro. The chemical will be used for its pineapple plantation.
The case is lodged before the Manila regional trial court. Sulpicio Lines’ counsel Arthur Lim said CEVA acted negligently in filling up the Pro-forma Bill of Lading and acted recklessly and with gross imprudence by not declaring the toxic cargo.
He also said CEVA acted with utter disregard for the safety rules for knowingly boarding a hazardous and toxic cargo for carriage by a passenger-cargo vessel.
“All evidence point to Ceva’s gross and evident bad faith, lack of care, irresponsibility and total disregard to safety and well-being of others,” the amended complaint said.