Megayacht Alucia Detained in Guam Over Alleged Unpaid Bills

U.S. federal marshals are detaining the megayacht Alucia in Guam after a Seattle-based company filed a lawsuit over what are claimed to be unpaid repair bills.

According to the Pacific Daily News, a newspaper in Guam, the 183-foot Alucia is not permitted to leave the port of Piti. The crew is remaining onboard, and they have not been charged with any wrongdoing. Court documents reveal they are being permitted to stay on the megayacht to avoid immigration issues, as the company that filed the lawsuit does not know their nationalities.

That company is Foss Maritime Company, based in Seattle. It filed the lawsuit on October 15 in Guam District Court. Foss Maritime Company provides a variety services to different vessels, including repair at its own shipyards. According to the complaint, Foss Maritime Company and Beta Maritime Limited, operating on behalf of Alucia, signed a contract in December 2011 for repairs to be done on Alucia, totaling $4.9 million. Foss Maritime Company further states that it redelivered Alucia in May of this year and that Beta Maritime Limited was to pay the unpaid balance of approximately $620,000 no later than 60 days after that time, in accordance with the contract.

Beta Maritime Limited confirmed the amount as an unpaid balance in the same court documents. The company refuses to pay, however, claiming Alucia was delayed beyond the contract period, which indicated a date in April. It says it is entitled to liquidated damages, as outlined in the contract, and points out that the agreed-upon liability for late redelivery is a maximum of $250,000. Furthermore, Beta Maritime Limited states that Alucia’s crew has had to make repairs to maintain the megayacht’s safety and habitability. The company adds that other deficiencies remain unaddressed, totaling about $400,000. Beta Maritime Limited therefore claims it is entitled to $630,000, the sum of the unaddressed deficiencies and the liquidated damages. This is why it is withholding the $620,000 unpaid repair-bill balance.

We’ll post updates as the story develops.

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