Ship worker blames Wagenborg Shipping for injuries aboard vessel

By Gene Johnson | Mar 16, 2016

BEAUMONT – A Nederland man is suing a Dutch shipping company, alleging negligence after he said he suffered injuries aboard one of the defendant's vessels.


Chad Fawvor field a lawsuit Feb. 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Wagenborg Shipping BV, Wegenborg Rederij, BV, Wagenborg Shipping North America Inc., and Oxbow Calcining Inc. and Oxbow Calcining International LLC, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on April 24, 2014, Fawvor was working as a lineman for Carlsen’s Mooring and Marine Services in Groves. The suit says while taking the stern lines to secure a vessel owned by Wagenborg Shipping, the vessel’s cruise control shifted suddenly, causing the stern lines to snap back and strike the plaintiff.

The lawsuit states Fawvor was struck in the head, suffered a broken clavicle and broken ribs. The plaintiff alleges his injuries occurred because of the negligence of the ship’s crew and the dangerous conditions of the premises. The suit says he sustained 

physical pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement and past and future medical bills.

Fawvor seeks more than $1 million, plus pre-judgment and post-judgment interest at the highest rate, court costs and a jury trial. He is represented by attorney David P. Wilson of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court number A-198105

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