Only in America

Posted: 3 November 2015 in Uncategorized
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Search crews have found the wreckage of El Faro [ht: ja] that disappeared 1 October some 30 miles off the coast of the Bahamas. The massive cargo ship sunk to the ocean floor with 33 crew members on board.

And then this:

as families of the lost crew hold out hope they’ll learn their loved ones’ fates, they also learned that the ship’s owner aims to block their lawsuits, saying it’s not to blame.

Just before federal officials announced over the weekend that the U.S. Navy would send a special submersible to search the ocean floor, lawyers for TOTE Maritime, which owns El Faro, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Florida saying it did everything in its power to ensure the ship was safe and thus should bear no financial liability in regard to the families’ claims. . .

The company’s complaint says it “exercised due diligence” to make sure the 40-year-old vessel was seaworthy and well-equipped for its September 29 trip from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and should thus be “(exonerated) from liability for any and all losses or damages sustained during the voyage … and from any and all claims for damages that have been or may hereafter be made.”

I know I’ve made the argument that capitalists are not all the same (using the example of the Cummins Engine Company). But the actions of TOTE Maritime, which owns El Faro, certainly demonstrates the continuing “loveliness” of many, many capitalist firms in the United States.

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