Janne and Roar Strømsnes, leaders of Norway's Skorgenes Boats and later Vestnes Båtsenter, have been fined NOK400,000 (€42.1k) plus fees bringing the total to over NOK 500,000 (€52.7k) after the sale of an unauthorised imported Skorgenes Nordic Rover with a retail value NOK 3.8m (€402k).
The case involves a Skorgenes Nordic Rover 43 motor boat, delivered to a customer without mandatory CE marks or CE approval, writes Norway´s largest boating magazine, Batmagasinet.no.
The case began in 2012, when the customer made contact with Janne and Roar Strømsnes to buy a boat that was later delivered in April 2013. After the deal was signed, the company changed name to Vestnes Båtsenter AS, still with the same owners.
The boat was built at the company's yard in Lithuania. After the customer started to use the boat he experienced some problems, which he tried to get compensation for from the sales company. At the same time that this problem was being discussed in court, further problems were discovered.
It transpired that the boat was not correctly CE marked and therefore should not have been imported to Norway, according to a representative from IMIC, writes Batmagasinet.no.
The customer wanted the deal to be repealed, two days before Vestnes Båtsenter AS went bankrupt. The customer then asked the owners to take responsibility for the sale.
The buyer will now have the costs of the boat and legal fees met in compenstion.