Financier Jeffrey Epstein’s barge is named in a federal lawsuit regarding damage caused to Crown Bay Marina alleging the vessel was improperly secured during Hurricane Irma, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
St. Thomas attorney Matthew Duensing filed the lawsuit on behalf of Crown Bay Marina, against defendant company Jeffrey Epstein & Michelle’s Transportation Company LLC and “Big N Barge,” a 70-foot transport barge, according to court records.
The lawsuit claims that the defendant company entered into an agreement for dockage with Crown Bay Marina on Sept. 3, 2017, and three days later Hurricane Irma made landfall, causing widespread destruction on St. Thomas.
“Defendant inadequately secured Big N Barge in its Boat Slip located in the Marina as Hurricane Irma approached and then made landfall at St. Thomas,” according to the complaint.
The lawsuit claims that the barge caused “heavy damage” to the “concrete finger piers, pilings, wooden walers, cleats and other equipment,” totaling $160,473 in estimated repairs and “over $70,000 in allocated expenses to implement temporary repairs to minimize any loss of income.”
The lawsuit seeks a maritime lien against the barge in an effort to secure payment for damages.
A license agreement for dockage identifies Ann Rodriguez as the captain of the Big N Barge.
Epstein, 65, owns Little St. James Island off the East End of St. Thomas, and is infamous for his criminal conviction for procuring a child for the purpose of prostitution. Epstein is listed on the Virgin Islands sex offender registry as a result of that 2008 Florida conviction and served 13 months of an 18-month prison sentence.