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COMPAGNIE MARITIME BELGE S.A. v. UNITED TERMINALS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


November 11, 1977

COMPAGNIE MARITIME BELGE (LLOYD ROYAL) S.A., Plaintiff,
v.
UNITED TERMINALS, INC., Defendant

The opinion of the court was delivered by: MACMAHON

MacMAHON, District Judge.

 Defendant moves to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter. Rule 12(b)(1), Fed.R.Civ.P.

 Plaintiff vessel owner seeks indemnity for monies paid in settlement of personal injury claims made against it by two longshoremen employed by defendant stevedoring company, who were injured on shore while unloading a container which had been removed from plaintiff's vessel.* Jurisdiction is bottomed on 28 U.S.C. ยง 1333(1); diversity of citizenship is not alleged. Defendant contends that admiralty and maritime jurisdiction does not extend to shore-side accidents of longshoremen. See Victory Carriers, Inc. v. Law, 404 U.S. 202, 30 L. Ed. 2d 383, 92 S. Ct. 418 (1971).

 Whatever jurisdictional effect Victory Carriers may have upon a tort action of an injured longshoreman, the case has no application here. This is an action for indemnity, brought pursuant to the well-established doctrine of Ryan Stevedoring Co. v. Pan-Atlantic S.S. Corp., 350 U.S. 124, 100 L. Ed. 133, 76 S. Ct. 232 (1956). As such, the suit is grounded on contract, seeking recovery for breach of the warranty of workmanlike service implicit in the stevedoring contract. See Ryan Stevedoring Co. v. Pan-Atlantic S.S. Corp., supra, 350 U.S. at 130-35. Since the stevedoring contract is maritime in nature, American Stevedores, Inc. v. Porello, 330 U.S. 446, 456, 91 L. Ed. 1011, 67 S. Ct. 847 (1947); Atlantic & Gulf Stevedores, Inc. v. Ellerman Lines, Ltd., 369 U.S. 355, 359, 7 L. Ed. 2d 798, 82 S. Ct. 780 (1962), this action for its breach is within our admiralty and maritime jurisdiction. American Stevedores, Inc. v. Porello, supra, 330 U.S. 446; Ellerman Lines, Ltd. v. Atlantic & Gulf Stevedores, Inc., 339 F.2d 673, 675 (3d Cir. 1964), cert. denied, 382 U.S. 812, 15 L. Ed. 2d 60, 86 S. Ct. 23 (1965); Louis Furth, Inc. v. S.S. Srbija, 330 F. Supp. 305, 307 (S.D.N.Y. 1970).

 Accordingly, the motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter is denied.

 So ordered.

 LLOYD F. MacMAHON / United States District Judge

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