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Vice chancellor rules in favor of fuel distributor in fee battle with Port of Wilmington operator

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A fuel distributor won a Chancery Court battle with the operator of the Port of Wilmington.

Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled in favor of Buckeye Partners in a dispute with GT USA in a 74-page decision.

GT USA, a unit of Gulftainer, an  Emirates-based port operator, had demanded stevedoring fees from Buckeye, even though the company did not offer cargo loading and unloading services.

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After Buckeye refused to pay the fees, GT barred the company from accessing its tanks at the port.

 

Laster agreed with Buckey regarding the fees and ruled that GT did not have the right to close the road to the fuel center after negotiations to resolve the dispute did not produce an agreement.

Buckeye Partners issued the following statement following the ruling: “We appreciate Vice Chancellor Laster’s thoughtful decision and the court’s thorough review of this important matter.”

Buckeye and its predecessors have been a part of the port for most of the 90-year-plus histor.

GT took over management of the Port of Wilmington from state-owned Diamond State Port Corp. in 2018 and struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

GT plans to build a container port at the former Chemours-DuPont titanium plant site, razed, and undergo an environmental remediation effort.

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