Shipowners, states agree to mediate bridge-strike lawsuit


(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — The owners of a tanker that struck a bridge between Maine and New Hampshire will enter into mediation with the states over a lawsuit involving $2.4 million in damage to the span, reported. The states argue that Harbour Feature's crew failed to properly secure the vessel, which broke from a pier and hit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1. The owners blame the local port authority and a tugboat pilot who stipulated the number of mooring lines to be used.

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By Professional Mariner Staff