Port Damage Claim Settled

North Carolina port officials have approved a payment of $250,000 to a ship's owner to settle a claim for damage caused by a crane at the Wilmington port.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that the settlement was approved Thursday by the Ports Authority Board of Directors' Executive Committee.

A crane was unloading wheat from the ship "Tradewind" on Dec. 4 when the hatch was damaged. The ship stayed in Wilmington for
temporary repairs and sailed to New Orleans for permanent repairs.

Tradewind Special Maritime Enterprises of New York said the repairs caused it to miss a scheduled charter. The company agreed after mediation to a $350,000 settlement, including $100,000 from the stevedore company handling the unloading job.

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