Faced with millions of dollars in claims from injured passengers, the owner of the New York ferry involved in a crash last month is trying to shield his company from having to make big payouts.

According to an article on, the owner of the high-speed catamaran ferry Seastreak Wall Street said in a court filing that the company wasn’t negligent in operating the vessel and thus should only have to pay out $7.6 million in damages, an amount representing the value of the ferry after it rammed into a dock on Jan. 9. More than 80 passengers were injured in the accident, some seriously.

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