Family sues over Bourbon Dolphin death.
THE parents of one of the deceased crew members of the the ill fated Bourbon Dolphin has begun legal action against the vessel"s owners.
They are suing Bourbon Offshore Norway, a division of French Bourbon Group, for NKr2m ($344,000) damages for post traumatic stress and the loss of earnings following the accident which left eight of the 15 crew members dead.
Bourbon Dolphin capsized in April 2007 when undergoing anchor handling duties around the platform, Transocean Rather, in the North Sea.
The owners were given a NKr5m fine from the Norwegian government a year ago for its part in the loss.
At the time the Norwegian state attorney said the company, a division of the French offshore group Bourbon, did not have a vessel that was properly prepared for the functions it was intended to perform.
Although Bourbon Offshore paid the fine it has never accepted liability for the accident.
Inge Grøndalen, the attorney representing the family of the deceased, told Lloyd"s List his clients" case against Bourbon is based on an accident investigation commission report which laid most of the blame with the owner.
While other parties were criticised in the report he said the owners were singled out.
?There were several points; they say there were limitations linked to stability, and questions about crew planning, training and error in judgement in the critical moments of the accident,? he said.
The vessel owners have been given four weeks to respond and a court case could be heard after the summer if there is no settlement agreed on.