BATON ROUGE – A vessel owner and operator have filed a suit over alleged damages after an incident on the Mississippi River.
Provence 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. alleging negligence.
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.
The plaintiffs 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 New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00081