Maersk Line Shipping Company face Legal Action.
A business man, Mr. Umaru Kargbo of 9 Dillet Street, Freetown is suing Saf Marine and Maersk Line Company for failure to pay him claims for damaged goods in the containers he shipped through the company to Sierra Leone. At the Freetown High Court, before Justice Matrie Jones, lawyer for the Plaintiff Mr. A.B.Lansana applied in pursuance to order 30 rule  sub rule 9 [A], for the statement by the witness to stand as part of the evidence, and Justice Matrie Jones granted the application.
Umaru Kargbo in the witness box said he prepared and signed the statement and wished to tender it as part of the evidence. He testified that, on the 26 April 2008 he shipped two 40 feet containers of goods which contained Onions, Irish Potatoes, Mayonnaise, Coffee Cream, and Cooking Oil, from Holland to Sierra Leone. He said, Saf Marine an agent of Maersk Line Company loaded the goods, sealed the containers and took it to the port in Holland. After that, the company issued a bill of laden to him.
He said, the company informed him that the containers will arrive in Freetown on the 14th May 2008, but it did not arrive until June 30th 2009. The witness also testified that when he went to the port to clear the containers, he noticed water dropping from one of the containers. He told the court that Mr. C.J. Williams the Maersk Line officer inspected the containers and confirmed that the Onions and Irish Potatoes were rotten. As a result Mr. Christian the Maersk Line officer together with the Police and Journalists took the container to the dumping site where the perished goods were dumped.
He said the other container which he off loaded at his shop at Dillet Street also had damaged goods, which included 16 cartons of Coffee Creamer, 226 cartons of Mayonnaise and 220 cartons of Cooking Oil. Kargbo said the officers at Maersk Line advised him to make claims of the damaged goods, He said after he had submitted his claim to Maersk Line, they informed him that they would only take responsibility of what occurred when the containers were in their possession.
The witness also said five months later the officers at Maersk Line told him that they are not going to take any responsibility for the claims he had made against the company. Legal hearing continues.