NEW YORK A Texas stevedoring company is seeking a federal court judgment that would indemnify it from paying damages in a dispute between shipping company Western Bulk AS and subsidiaries of ArcelorMittal SA.
A Western Bulk ship was offloading pipe from Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittals Romanian subsidiariesArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman SA and ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Iasi SAat the Port of Houston in January 2009 when a crane on the ship was damaged and had to be replaced, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Texas. Oslo, Norway-based Western Bulk has sought reimbursement of $2.29 million in damages from ArcelorMittals subsidiaries in a London arbitration proceeding, according to the court filing.
ArcelorMittal claims that Houston-based Shippers Stevedoring Co., the stevedoring company hired to offload the shipment, caused the damage, according to a letter attached to the court filing. Shippers Stevedoring denies the claim.
Chicago-based ArcelorMittal International America LLC also was named in Shippers Stevedorings filing.
Attorneys for Shippers Stevedoring and ArcelorMittals subsidiaries and a spokeswoman for Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA Inc. did not return requests for comment.