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    Mermaid Marine Australia defends negligence claims

    Company News // September 30, 2011

    Mermaid Marine Australia has issued a statement in which it defends itself against claims of negligence.

    Mermaid Vigilance is currently on charter operating in the Gulf of Mexico as a sub-contracted vessel on the TSIMIN TOJUAL 3D Project (Project).

    Mermaid Vigilance is set up as a cable-laying vessel and is engaged on the project to support the seismic operations.

    On the 8 September 2011, tropical storm Nate struck the Gulf of Mexico with winds gusting up to 93 knots and waves in excess of 20m in height.

    Mermaid Vigilance, carrying a total of 30 crew and passengers was caught in this storm and the master of the vessel was forced to take evasive action to protect the personnel on board.

    The crew of another vessel (a liftboat) involved in the project abandoned their vessel during the storm and sadly four personnel lost their lives.

    Whilst these personnel were involved in the project, none of them were employed by Mermaid Marine or were on a Mermaid Marine vessel.

    Two of the survivors who abandoned the lift boat have filed claims against Mermaid Marine (and other parties involved in the project) in the United States District Court, for the Southern District of Texas.

    A claim has also been filed by the family of one of the deceased personnel.

    Mermaid Marine has sent a team to Mexico to investigate the incident.

    Mermaid Marine has notified its insurers of these claims.

    Mermaid Marine said it "denies and will defend these claims."

    Mermaid Marine considers that it is adequately covered, both by its insurances and the
    contractual indemnities it has, in relation to these claims and any other claims which may arise out of the incident.

    Commenting on the incident Mermaid Marine Managing Director, Jeff Weber, said “We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the four personnel and our thoughts and sympathies are with their families, friends and colleagues”.


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