Fleeting company wants towing vessel seized, sold

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Mar 22, 2010

The owner of a vessel fleeting facility near Port Arthur is asking a federal judge to force the sale of a vessel and apply the proceeds to the debt the vessel has incurred.

With a remaining balance of more than $124,000 for the towing vessel, Thousand Foot Cut Marine Services LLC filed a lawsuit against M/V ACCU 1, her engines, boilers, tackle, etc., in rem, and Accumarine Transportation LP in personam on March 12 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont division.

According to the lawsuit, Accu has received various vessel and barge fleeting and tow assist services from Thousand Foot Cut Marine Services since 2008. The plaintiff states that it has regularly submitted detailed invoices regarding the total amount past due.

Accu has made intermittent payments towards the balance but as of December 2009 had more than $124,000 remaining due, the complaint states.

The plaintiff claims it is necessary to obtain security for its claim by arresting the towing vessel. Thousand Foot Cut Marine Services wants the vessel sold and the proceeds of the sale to be applied to the payment due, plus authorized interest.

The plaintiff is also asking the court to award for insurance premiums and other vessel care, attorneys' fees, costs and expenses.

Houston attorney W. Sean O'Neil is representing the plaintiff.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the litigation.

Case No 1:10cv00150

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