BATON ROUGE – A vessel owner and operator have filed a suit over alleged damages after an incident on the Mississippi River.
Schiffahrtsgesellchaft mbH & Co. KG and FH Bertling Reederei GmbH
filed a complaint on Feb. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Louisiana against the
M/V Agapi S, Bright Navigation Inc., Cooper Consolidated LLC, et al.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs
allege that in February 2016, plaintiffs' M/V Solent was properly moored
and anchored in the lower Mississippi River when defendant M/V Agapi S passed at an excessive rate
of speed and caused defendants' barges to break loose from their
moorings and struck plaintiffs' M/V Solent. Plaintiffs' vessel allegedly
sustained significant damages.
The plaintiffs holds M/V Agapi
S, Bright Navigation Inc., Cooper Consolidated LLC, et al. responsible
because defendant M/V Agapi S allegedly negligently operated at an
excessive rate of speed in a restricted and foggy condition and traveled
to closely to the east bank of the facility.
request that the vessels be condemned and sold to pay for plaintiffs'
damages, interest, and any other general and equitable relief. They are
represented by Kevin J. Lavie and Adam N. Davis of Phelps Dunbar LLP in
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00081