Following huge amount of unpaid debts running into several millions of dollars by Maritime Security giant Ambrey International to local providers and partners in Nigeria, the issue seem to have taken a turn for the worst and culminated in the arrest and detention of Ambrey vessels on the orders of a Federal High Court in Nigeria. Ambrey International whose headquarters is in Hereford England is headed by Chris Charnley.
Ambrey have been in a running battle for the past one year with Local operators who provide services to Ambrey ranging from supply of security vessel, bunkers, embarked operations etc who complained of non payment by Ambrey for services provided to Ambrey International clients such Frontline, MSC, COSCO, Maersk etc for which these clients have fully paid Ambrey and Ambrey has deliberately refused to pay the local providers with one provider alone being owed over Five Million dollars.
After several attempts to recover the debts, the matter seems to have escalated with the providers approaching a court for redress which has eventually issued an order for the arrest and detention of Ambrey vessels,and for the utilizationof the vessels to recover their debts. Ambrey International providers in other parts of West Africa like Republic of Cameroun also suffer same fate,as they are owed huge amounts in dollars for services rendered to Ambrey and not paid for after Ambrey has received payments from International clients. This method seems to have become the hallmark of Ambrey International which has pitched local suppliers against it.
Ambrey woes appeared to have began in the botched attempted sale of their business to Ocean Infinity.
Ambrey cognizant of the effect of the unpaid debts on their operations , has been making efforts to diversify provider base in Nigeria and deceive other providers who are not aware of their woes into accumulating huge debts in their operations. This providers by the terms of the court order will be in contempt of court and the law may go after them for aiding and abetting a crime.