Summer trial date set for case involving unfinished ship cleaning

David Yates Jan. 19, 2011, 4:46am


A summer trial date has been set in a case filed by a marine cleaning company against an environmental service, which alleges the company spent an extra $70,000 to finish a ship cleaning that the service was originally hired to perform.

As previously reported, plaintiff Safety First filed suit against defendant Evergreen Environmental Services on Oct. 9, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court documents show Safety First hired Evergreen Environmental to perform preparatory work for a ship called the "American Tern," which was docked at the Port of Beaumont on June 19, 2008.

On Nov. 16, the parties filed an agreed discovery plan order, mandating that the case be mediated before June 24 or face a trial in July.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has approved and signed the order.

In its suit, Safety First alleges Environmental caused oil to spill on the ship and the dock, creating numerous problems and additional work, which the service company failed to rectify.

"Evergreen owes Safety First damages of at least $70,000 for breach of its agreement with Safety First and property damage relating to the American Tern project," the suit states.

In the three-count suit, Safety First alleges breach of contract, property damage and conversion of property and negligence.

It is seeking actual, future, incidental and consequential damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees and costs.

Keith Kebodeaux and Casey H. Hargroder of the Law Office of Keith Kebodeaux in Beaumont represent Safety First.

Evergreen Environmental is represented by Pearland attorney Thomas Gruenert of the Gibson, Gruenert & Zaunbrecher law firm.

Case No. A185-108

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