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Shipbuilding enterprise compensates seaman

Update: September, 01/2017 - 10:03
A spokesman from the Bảo Duy Shipbuilding Joint-stock Company in court. — VNA/VNS Photo Đoàn Hữu Trung
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NAM — Tam Kỳ City People’s Court on Wednesday ordered a shipbuilding company to compensate a seaman after it tested his ship, during which its main machine stopped working.

The court decided that Bảo Duy Shipbuilding Joint-stock Company must pay Trần Văn Liên VNĐ2.8 billion (US$124,400) as compensation.

The Bảo Duy Company was also ordered to pay all court fees.

On September 18, 2015, Trần Văn Liên, from Bình Minh Commune, Thăng Bình District, in the central province of Quảng Nam, signed a contract to build an iron ship with Bảo Duy Company.

Liên signed another contract with Liên Á Services and Technology Co Ltd to supply the diesel engine for the ship.

Liên’s iron ship has 944CV power and is worth more than VNĐ16 billion ($711,100).

According to the contract, Liên Á Co Ltd was responsible for assigning experts to Bảo Duy Company to provide guidance for installing the diesel engine, testing it and taking over the ship.

On March 25 and 28 last year, Tô Ngọc Tiếp, a technological expert of Liên Á Co Ltd, operated the main machine for the first time with Liên as a witness and the machine worked normally.

A day later, the Bảo Duy Company sailed the ship a short distance as part of the trial without supervision from Liên Á Co Ltd, and the main machine was broken. The companies blamed each other, and both denying their responsibilities so Liên sued both companies.

In court, Bảo Duy Company said that the company had completed all the work and finished its contract with Liên, so was not obligated to compensate him.

Liên’s representative asked the two companies to take responsibility for the contracts, compensate Liên for the breakdown and finish the ship completely to hand over to Liên.

Liên Á Company said Bảo Duy Company voluntarily conducted the trial on March 29 last year without technical supervision from Liên Á Company, leading to the breakdown. The Bảo Duy Company must be held responsible for all the faults, it maintained.

Based on documents, declarations of concerned organisations and individuals and checks by competent organisations, the Tam Kỳ City People’s Court concluded that the Bảo Duy Company was at fault in the case and must compensate the seaman. — VNS


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