Arrested Chinese cargo ship will leave Happy-Valley Goose Bay after settlement

The federal court issued an arrest warrant for the Qian Kun on Thursday ordering him to stay in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. An agreement was reached on Friday between the shipowners and the contractor of St. John’s Miller Shipping. (Regan exposure / CBC)

A Chinese cargo ship, docked in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and arrested and prevented from leaving port on Thursday, will depart from St. John’s on Saturday following an agreement between the shipowners and a shipping company.

The federal court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the Shanghai-registered cargo ship Qian Kun. Its job was to transport the wood cut by the Muskrat Falls construction site to Asia.

The warrant was filed in Halifax after Miller Shipping, a St. John’s-based shipping company, alleged in a lawsuit that it had not been paid in full for its work, with more than $ 255,000 outstanding for services it provided.

In the court documents, Miller Shipping says it provided loading, stevedoring, and other services required to get the timber onto the Qian Kun around November 22nd.

Miller Shipping said it had five bills to JP Forestry – a lumber supplier based out of Corner Brook – between $ 9,000 and $ 140,000 for rigging, rent, two work teams, a travel and meal surveyor, between Nov. 8-25 displayed.

The company says JP Forestry made a payment of $ 90,000 on Nov. 19, but despite repeated prompts, Miller Shipping claims the rest of the money was not paid. The total outstanding amount is $ 255,089.50.

Chipolbrok Sun Maritime, owner of the Qian Kun, is also named in the arrest warrant.

Late Friday night, Miller Shipping owner Pat Miller told CBC News that a full payment arrangement had been made and the ship would be released.

JP Forestry had previously reached an agreement with the Innu Nation to sell scrap wood from the Muskrat Falls construction site.

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