Tanker owners ask judge to reduce fine for bridge accident

11:10 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The owners of the oil tanker that damaged a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the two states seeking about $2.4 million in compensation.

The owners say costs to repair the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which reopened Monday, "constitute an improvement or betterment of the bridge" with new parts, so there should be a reduction in claimed damages.

The Portsmouth Herald reports records show the states asked a judge to order the "arrest" of the tanker as a substitute for a bond in the amount of damages. That seizure was avoided when the owners posted the "special bond" for $2.4 million.

The Portuguese tanker MV Harbour Feature is owned by Sexhste Nordtank-Hamburg and operated by TB Marine Shipmanagement.

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