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Duferco sues Greek carrier over damaged bars

Keywords: Tags  deformed reinforcing bars, debar, rebar, Mava Shipping, Duferco Steel, Port of New Orleans, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Duferco Steel Inc. has filed a lawsuit against a Greek carrier, claiming it damaged and lost a portion of a steel reinforcing bar shipment to New Orleans from Turkey.

Mava Shipping Co. Ltd. entered into a transportation contract in February to carry steel deformed reinforcing bars (debars) to the Port of New Orleans from Aliaga, Turkey, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.

The Matawan, N.J.-based steel trader said that the cargo was delivered to the M/V Union Ranger in "good order and condition," and that the Greek shipper had agreed to "safely receive, load, stow, secure, carry, discharge and deliver the steel cargo" in the "same order and condition as when received aboard the vessel."

However, when the cargo arrived in New Orleans around April 5 it was damaged, with some product missing, the court documents state. Duferco is seeking $16,895 in sustained damages, plus expenses and interest, which Mava refuses to pay, the company said.

Mava couldn’t be reached, and counsel for Duferco didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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