A group of boat owners who made $600 million cleaning the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion claim BP owes them much more.
They seek a federal court order that would increase the number of days they can charge BP at the daily rate in "vessel of opportunity" agreements they signed after the disaster.
BP pleads that the agreements provided for separate charter terms, and boat owners plead that the agreements provided for a single term from start to finish.
About 4,800 vessels participated and BP paid owners $600 million. That equals $125,000 per vessel.