Company of Ship that Took Down Baltimore Key Bridge Responds, May Be Protected by 173-Year-Old ‘Titanic’ Law

Company of Ship that Took Down Baltimore Key Bridge Responds, May Be Protected by 173-Year-Old ‘Titanic’ Law

THE SIGNAL

The owner of the container ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last week, causing it to collapse and killing six workers, and the ship’s management company, have filed a petition in federal court to limit their liability in the tragedy.
The U.K. Independent reported that the petition and appeal filed by Singapore-based Grace Ocean Private Limited and Hong Kong’s Synergy Marine Group are based on the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851.
This is the same U.S. law that protected the White Star Line, the owners of the Titanic, according to the Independent.

“After the ship sank in 1912, its owner, White Star Line, was served with hundreds of lawsuits totalling $16m in damages. Citing the 1851 law, the case ultimately made its way to the US Supreme Court …

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