No. 02-2502.

329 F.3d 946 (2003)

AMERICAN RIVER TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC., Appellee, v. PARAGON MARINE SERVICES, INC.; Consolidated Grain and Barge Company, Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: June 2, 2003.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven B. Belgrade, argued, Chicago, IL (John A. O'Donnell and Patrick J. Cullinan, on the brief), for appellants.

Simon P. Tonkin, argued, St. Louis, MO (James O. Hacking, III, on the brief), for appellee.

Before LOKEN, Chief Judge, RILEY and SMITH, Circuit Judges.

RILEY, Circuit Judge.

American River Transportation Company, Inc. (ARTCO) instituted the present action against Paragon Marine Services, Inc. (Paragon) and Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB) (collectively appellants) after a barge, the ING 5565, broke away from a fleet of barges operated by Paragon and CGB. The ING 5565 drifted downstream and collided with other barge fleets, loosening 137 barges as it traveled down river. After a bench trial, the district court...

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