Oil tanker’s owner sues to prevent payments to USS McCain victims’ families
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A company that owns the commercial oil tanker involved in a deadly collision with a Navy destroyer last year has filed a lawsuit in federal court asking not to be held liable for damages.
Ten sailors aboard the Yokosuka-based USS John S. McCain were killed in the Aug. 21 collision near Singapore.
If a judge accepts the claim, Energetic Tank Inc. would not have to pay the families of the sailors who died in the crash should they attempt to sue for compensation.
In its lawsuit, which is being addressed in New York federal court, Energetic Tank says the collision was not caused by “any fault, neglect or want of care” of its company or its tanker, the Alnic.