No. 97-31224.

158 F.3d 897 (1998)

In the Matter of: SEABULK OFFSHORE, LIMITED, as Owner and/or Operator of the M/V SEABULK BEAUREGARD, for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability. Seabulk Offshore, Limited, as Owner and/or Operator of the M/V SEABULK BEAUREGARD, for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Charles HONORA and Apache Corporation, Claimants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

October 26, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William B. Gibbens, III, Norman C. Sullivan, Jr., Richard A. Fraser, III, Gelpi, Sullivan, Carroll & Gibbens, New Orleans, LA, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Thomas Massa Discon, John G. Discon, Gregory T. Discon, Mandeville, LA, for Claimant-Appellee.

Ronald A. Johnson, Bettye A. Barrios, Cindy Teresa Matherne, Johnson, Johnson, Barrios & Yacoubian, New Orleans, LA, for Appellee.

Before SMITH, DUHÉ and WIENER, Circuit Judges.

JERRY E. SMITH, Circuit Judge:

Seabulk Offshore, Limited ("Seabulk"), appeals the denial of its motion to stay proceedings against its insurers in a limitation of liability action. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm.


On July 3, 1997, there was an allision between the M/V SEABULK BEAUREGARD and a gas wellhead. Later that day, Seabulk, the owner of the BEAUREGARD, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District...

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