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
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.
International America LLC also was named in Shippers
Attorneys for Shippers
Stevedoring and ArcelorMittals subsidiaries and a
spokeswoman for Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA Inc. did not
return requests for comment.