October 21, 2013

NH, Maine, tanker owner agree to mediation

The owners have been seeking a $2.4 million refund for the bond posted to release the vessel after the collision into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1.

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The owners of a tanker that struck a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has agreed with the states to mediation.

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Seen in this aerial photograph, tugboats hold the Harbour Feature in place against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery on April 1, 2013, after it slipped off its moorings at the New Hampshire State Pier.

Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

The owners have been seeking a $2.4 million refund from the two states for the bond posted to release the vessel after the collision into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1. The states sued the owners, saying the crew didn’t secure the tanker properly.

The owners of the Portuguese oil tanker MV Harbor Feature had said the two states are guilty of negligence. A trial has been scheduled for next year if the parties can’t reach an agreement.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the states and the tanker owners have agreed to mediation, a process that they expect to conclude by the end of next month.

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