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September 1, 2013

Owners of tanker seek $2.4 M refund

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The owners of a tanker that struck a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine are seeking a $2.4 million refund from the two states for the bond posted to release the vessel after the collision as well as attorneys’ fees.

The owners of the Portuguese oil tanker MV Harbor Feature say the two states are guilty of negligence and should also pay for the tanker owners’ legal costs, according to court documents filed in federal court on Aug. 26.

The owners say they are entitled to “set off” costs for damage to the tanker, against costs from damage to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, on April 1, and have asked a judge to dismiss the states’ lawsuit filed against them, the Portsmouth Herald reports.

The states sued saying the tanker’s crew didn’t secure the vessel properly, causing it to drift away from its berth and crash into the bridge. The states are seeking reimbursement for costs associated with repairing the bridge and damages for economic losses when the bridge was closed for repairs.

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