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May 23, 2009

Engine supplier sues Bender

Louisiana Machinery Company wants its MaK's back.

It has joined the line of those filing suit against Bender Shipbuilding. The suit relates to the MaK engines for the Gulfmark Offshore PSV's that are already the subject of an earlier suit brought by Gulfmark.

Louisiana Machinery has brought suit against Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc., Thomas B. Bender, Jr., Bruce J. Croushore, David Barnett, Joseph W. Mangin, Jr. and Frank Terrell.

Among other things, the suit asserts that two of the hulls it mentions are watercrafts under the Alabama Watercrafts Liens Act. Louisiana Machinery Corp. is asking the court to declare that it is entitled to a lien on the these watercrafts and their engines under the Alabama act and that this lien is superior to other liens. It is aking the court to declare that it is entitled to possession of the engines that were to have been installed in Bender Hull No. 8188 and to require the U.S. Marshall to seize these engines and deliver them to Louisiana Machinery.

The suit is also asking for compensatory and punitive damages and Louisiana Machinery is seeking a jury trial.

You can read the complaint HERE


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