Date: 03/04/2024

Baltimore incident vessel owner seeks to limit liability: Report

The owner of the ship that rammed into a bridge in Baltimore, killing six workers and throwing the eastern US transportation network into chaos, is seeking to limit its liability, as per reports. The company, Grace Ocean, could face hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims. It has reportedly filed a petition jointly with Synergy Marine, which was operating the Singapore-flagged cargo ship Dali. They claim that the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge was not due to any fault, neglect, or want of care of the companies and that they shouldn’t be held liable for any loss or damage from the disaster. The petition invokes a 19th century law once used by the Titanic’s owner to reduce the shipowner’s liability after a crash to the value of the ship and any pending freight, said the reports.
Source: Exim News Service: Singapore, April 2