Triyards says it had to delay salary payments in Vietnam

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Embattled Triyards acknowledged yesterday that it had to delay salary payments in Vietnam after facing difficulty drawing on lines of finance.

Chief executive Chan Eng Yew said the salaries were paid yesterday and "brought current" this week.

He added that the affected salaries were to come from project financing lines that experienced "cascading effects" from the default of banking facilities guaranteed by parent group Ezra Holdings.

Triyards has since repaid these Ezra-linked loans that had been "in default" since its parent group filed for Chapter 11 protection with a US court in March last year.

But Mr Chan said the situation was turning around with several banks having "just recommenced their funding to their respective projects", which also allowed the salaries to be "brought up to speed".

Mr Chan has been in Vietnam for about two months and was granted "consular" support while proceedings linked to the unpaid salaries were underway.

Mr Chan said his travels were "not restricted in anyway" during his extended stay in the country, adding: "We have every intention to continue operating in Vietnam."

Cash flow problems have hindered Triyards from executing shipbuilding projects in Vietnam.

Last December, it said its Vietnam unit had received termination notices for two contracts due to a lack of funding to complete the vessels for delivery by the contracted dates.

In March, the group saw its chemical tanker order was terminated, with the buyer seeking reimbursement of US$5.1 million (S$6.9 million) paid in advance for the vessel.

Triyards posted a net loss of US$162.5 million for the 12 months to Aug 31, 2017. - THE STRAITS TIMES