Owners of vessels damaged on Mississippi start suits against owners of runaway bulk carrier

Owners of vessels damaged on Mississippi start suits against owners of runaway bulk carrier

San Francisco: The owner of a tanker allegedly rammed and damaged on Monday by a runaway bulk carrier on the Mississippi River filed suit for damages in a US District Court in New Orleans on Friday.

Bravo Shipping made the filing as owner of the oil tanker Bravo (61,336 dwt, built 2011) which was allegedly hit by bulk carrier M/V Privocean (81,434 dwt, built 2013) after the latter became unmoored. Bravo was docked at the Ergon-St.James oil storage dock near Convent, Louisiana at the time of the incident.

The District Court judge ordered the arrest of the Privocean, moored at Grammercy.

There are a number of charges in the suit against Privocean’s Greek owners, topped by “operating the ship in a negligent and unseaworthy manner.”

Suits have also been filed against Privocean by dock owner Ergon-St James, and by Crescent Towing and Salvage, owner of the tugboat Texas that was tethered to the Privocean and was dragged along by it on its wild and damage-strewn ride.

In its federal suit, Crescent Towing claims the crew of its much-smaller tug struggled to push on the Privocean’s bow as they tried to avoid the impending crash.

And in a statement on Friday Crescent Towing praised the tugboat’s crew for displaying “extreme heroism” in their actions.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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