The tussle between Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) and ABG Shipyards on removal of equipment and machinery from berths No. 2 and 8 at Haldia dock reached the Calcutta High Court today.
KoPT advocate Jayanta Mitra moved an application, pleading that ABG’s equipment and machinery be put in the custody of KoPT until disposal of the arbitration petition.
Mitra pointed out that ABG terminated the contract for cargo handling by sending a letter on October 31, and stopped operations at berths 2 and 8. The KoPT petition sought the appointment of a special officer to look after the equipment to be kept under KoPT.
The counsel added that KoPT would move the arbitrator against ABG for compensation. KoPT is losing Rs 11 crore every month after ABG withdrew from Haldia dock. According to Mitra, KoPT did not terminate the ABG contract and wanted the private firm to return to the dock.
A counsel of ABG said the company had already filed an application in the high court seeking an order for removal of equipment from berths 2 and 8.
Justice Sanjib Banerjee said the court would hear both the applications on Wednesday.