Marine service company alleges ship owners owe more than $214,000

By Gene Johnson | Mar 18, 2016

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County marine services business is suing the owners of shipping vessels, alleging they owe $214,632 for delinquent berth and security services.

Versatile Marine Services Inc. filed a lawsuit Feb. 16 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against the drilling vessels currently or formerly known as Archimedes, Dolphin 106, and Dolphin 109, their equipment, and Bro-Tex International Metals LLC, alleging breach of contract.

In June 2015, the complaint states, Versatile and Bro-Tex entered into an agreement for Versatile to provide a facility and services to temporarily moor the vessels, so they could be made ready for scrapping, adding that Bro-Tex would pay $1,300 per day, payable monthly and in advance.

According to the lawsuit, Bro-Tex has not paid for agreed-upon services and Versatile Marine Services now holds a maritime lien against the vessels in the amount of at least $214,632.

Versatile Marine Services seeks at least $214,632, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and fees. It is represented by attorney F. William Mahley of Strasburger & Price LLP in Houston.

Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas Court Case number 1:16-cv-00040-MAC

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