Three Florida marine service companies are being sued by a Connecticut-based insurance firm on behalf of a client whose vessel was damaged by fire shortly after it was serviced by the trio.

In an 11-page complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, XL Specialty Insurance Company – on behalf of its client, Kuddles Corp – alleges negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied warranty, breach of express and implied warranties, and strict product liability against Cable Marine, a boat yard that provides professional vessel repair and maintenance services; and Alvern Marine Exhaust and Deangelo Marine Exhaust, both providing professional marine exhaust installation, fabrication and design services.

The claim comes after Kuddles Corp’s 1988 85ft motor vessel, Sea Loafers II, was damaged in a fire while underway in September 2016 when a newly installed exhaust riser on the vessel’s port side ignited, according to the lawsuit. The fire occurred "within hours" after the vessel left Cable Marine following the riser installation, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff in the case sustained more than US$46,000 in damage, "no part of which has been paid, although duly demanded" over the fire, which plaintiff claims is "rightly the responsibility of the defendants," the lawsuit said.

The case has been assigned to US District Court Judge Robert N Scola, Jr.