Va. Port Agency Suing Chinese Company Over Crane Accident

February 25, 2011

Federal authorities have taken custody of a Chinese ship involved in an accident at APM Terminals in Portsmouth that damaged a new crane made by the vessel's owner.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the federal court issued a warrant for the Zhen Hua 24 after the Virginia Port Authority and an affiliate sued the ship and its owner, Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd., known as ZPMC.

The lawsuit seeks $14.65 million in damages.

Port officials say the ship delivered two new cranes February 14 and was pulling away when another crane aboard the vessel clipped one crane on the dock, causing it to fall off its tracks.

ZPMC attorney Patrick Brogan declined to comment on the case's specifics but he believes the crane can be repaired.

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