The Legislation Agency of Pajcic & Pajcic filed a lawsuit Sept. 1 on behalf of 10 Jacksonville Fireplace and Rescue Division firefighters injured in an explosion aboard the automobile service ship Höegh Xiamen whereas it was docked within the St. Johns River at Blount Island.
On June 4, a hearth began aboard the 15-floor cargo ship. About 2,400 junked vehicles had been loaded for transport to West Africa.
The ship, loaded with gasoline and vehicles, was able to get underway. The lawsuit alleges the ship’s crew turned off the vessel’s fireplace alarm system, permitting a hearth to unfold unabated within the cargo decks.
“It was a recipe for catastrophe,” regulation agency accomplice Curry Pajcic stated in a information launch.
In keeping with the lawsuit filed with the 4th Circuit Courtroom, Höegh Autoliners Transport; Höegh Autoliners Administration; Horizon Terminal Companies LLC; Grimaldi Deepsea S.P.A.; and SSA Marine Inc. have been negligent in failing to keep up and outfit the ship in a fairly secure situation, in addition to different failures that endangered the lives of the rescue crew.
Heögh Autoliners Transport, based mostly in Norway, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The Höegh Xiamen burned for eight days. The JFRD constantly sprayed water on the surface of the ship to keep up its integrity and forestall environmental contamination and injury to amenities at Blount Island.
Pajcic describes his purchasers as heroes.
“They bumped into the storm, a storm created by an irresponsible firm, an ill-equipped crew and harmful cargo. The JFRD averted a significant catastrophe to the St. Johns River and Blount Island, however the 10 firemen will perpetually reside with the bodily and emotional scars brought on by the defendants’ negligence,” he stated within the launch.