Underwater Blasting Project

Our client, a blasting contractor, was hired to blast rock in the bed of the Hudson River at the dock of an oil terminal. The contract required blasting to a specified depth and provided that the owner would dredge and remove blasted rock. When the owner was unable to dredge to the specified depth, a dispute arose as to whether the problem was due to inadequate blasting or faulty dredging. We recovered payment in full for the contractor after a non-jury trial which established that our client had correctly performed its work and that the owner's dredging equipment and methods were inadequate to the task.