Judge Detains Banana-Laden Ship After Fresh Del Monte Sues

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A federal judge ordered a ship to stay in port in New Jersey because of a dispute over a shipment of mushy bananas.

Del Monte Fresh Produce, part of Coral Gables-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., filed a lawsuit Thursday over a shipment of 110,000 cartons of bananas from Guatemala that arrived Monday at its facility in Gloucester City, New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

The produce company is seeking $1.5 million and requested the Bahamian-registered refrigerated cargo ship, Green Brazil, be arrested, or not allowed to leave the area.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio agreed to detain the vessel just before it was scheduled to leave.

The ship was likely to be allowed to leave once its owners provided a letter of credit. The owners could not be reached for comment by deadline.

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