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Interpleading The Ow Saga:Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd v OW Bunker Far East (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2015] 4 SLR 1229

Eugene CHENG Jiankai

(2016) 28 SAcLJ 631

Interpleader relief is typically offered to an applicant who faces adverse claims and is in a legal dilemma as to which competing claimants to pay. The scope and purpose of interpleader relief was recently tested in a bunker supply chain scenario. Under a supply chain, would interpleader relief save an end-buyer from the dilemma of facing claims from an intermediary supplier as well as claims from an end supplier? This article seeks to examine the decision in a recent case involving the above-mentioned scenario and, in particular, review and comment on the preconditions of interpleader relief.