Rockland sues boat owner over pier damage

Posted April 04, 2012, at 7:35 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a herring carrier for damage done to the municipal fish pier.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court against Western Sea Inc.

The suit claims that in April 2009, the Western Sea was docked at the city-owned fish pier. The boat owner was well aware, according to the lawsuit, that when a high wind is predicted boats such as the Western Sea should not be docked on the east side of the pier.

The forecast for April 7, 2009, was winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph.

The boat was not moved and it struck the pier, causing damage of nearly $30,000, according to the city.

The Western Sea continues to dock at the city fish pier.

Attorneys for the city’s insurance company are representing the city.

Glenn Robbins of Eliott, owner of the Western Sea, said Wednesday that the cause of the incident was a faulty piece of equipment at the pier that should have prevented his boat from striking the pier. He said his boat was not damaged.

Robbins said he has had his boat docked at the same location in similar weather with no problems.

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