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By Steve Limtiaco

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 4) – A distressed United Arab Emirates ship allegedly damaged a pier at the Port Authority of Guam several years ago, and the port this week sued the shipping company and its insurer for failing to pay for nearly US$800,000 in damage.

The port alleges that the shipping company allowed an un-seaworthy ship, the "MV AJMAN 2" to set off from Mexico to HongKong, sometime around August 2004, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in District Court by the Office of the Attorney General.

The complaint alleges that the ship was owned and operated by Marwan Shipping and Trading Company and chartered and operated by Five Seas Shipping Company, both of the United Arab Emirates. The companies allegedly were insured by Navigators Protection & Indemnity and Al-Buhaira National Insurance Company.

The distressed ship on Aug. 20, 2004 was allowed to enter the port and moor at Pier F-5, according to the complaint, but only because the port agreed to give safe haven to the distressed vessel.

According to the complaint, one of the ship's two engines was not working, it did not have enough crew members, food, water or fuel for the Pacific crossing, and inadequate gear.

According to the complaint, the ship was unable to leave the port because of high wind and waves. It allegedly hit and severely damaged the pier, and the port has alleged that crew negligence and inadequate gear and equipment were contributing factors.

The damage amounts to more than US$790,430, according to the port.

Pacific Daily News

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