HOUSTON – A shipping company has been sued over allegations of damaging a cargo of stainless steel pipe while en route from Shanghai to the Port of Houston.

Toyota Tsusho America filed a lawsuit Dec. 29 against the vessel Oriental Saga in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging negligence and breach of contract.

On or about Aug. 31, 2014, Toyota, according to the lawsuit, tendered in good order and condition to Oriental and China Sailing at Shanghai a cargo of stainless steel, seemless pipe. Oriental and China Sailing, the chartering company, agreed safely to receive, handle, load, stow and deliver the cargo to Houston, the complaint states.

On or about Jan. 5, 2015, the moving vessel Oriental Saga arrived at the Port of Houston where, according to the lawsuit, much of the cargo was dented, bent, bowed and contaminated, sustaining damages of at least $167,179.

Toyota Tsusho America seeks damages, pre- and post-judgment interest and court costs. It is represented by attorney Robert C. Oliver of Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Court Case number 4:15-cv-03745

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