Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, Wikimedia

SeacoastOnline: The states of New Hampshire and Maine have filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of the Portuguese tanker MV Harbour Feature for millions of dollars in damage caused when the ship crashed into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The lawsuit alleges that on April 1, the tanker’s crew “negligently tended her lines, allowing the vessel to come free from her berth,” before the ship drifted sideways and crashed broadside into the bridge. The crew failed to properly secure the vessel, “resulting in the parting of her mooring lines and allowing the vessel to drift away from her berth,” the suit alleges.

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