An unsuccessful contender to lease the former Boston Ship Corp. yard has won a temporary stay blocking the Massachusetts Port Authority's choice of another company to operate the 18.5-acre facility.
A court hearing is due today on the attempt by East Boston Marine Park Inc. to reopen the selection process. The firm obtained a temporary restraining order to stop Mass- port from awarding a 25-year lease to J.M. Cashman Inc., a marine contractor, hours after the award was announced.It was believed that Cashman competed only with Boston Marine Center Associates in the final competition. But an attorney for East Boston Marine said he believe his client was in contention until late August.
A Massport spokesman refused comment on the legal action except to say, ''The plaintiff obviously had some concerns or questions about the process (of selecting the lessee) or how it turned out."
She added, "We think we selected a good candidate for the lease."
A former official of East Boston Marine is William Kenney, founder and head of the now defunct Boston Ship Corp. Massport bought the shipyard for $10 million during Boston Ship's bankruptcy action last year.
Bernard Dwork, East Boston Marine's lawyer, alleged there was ''antagonism (toward Mr. Kenney) by high level people at Massport" because of a now-resolved dispute over "certain merchandise" at the shipyard.
Mr. Kenney withdrew from East Boston Marine, but Massport's board "has not properly considered the (East Boston Marine) proposal because of his past participation," Mr. Dwork said.
Massport has not disclosed details of the Cashman deal, saying it was still being finalized. A spokesman for the port agency said Cashman plans to move its fleet of 25 vessels to the site and to operate a repair yard for small ships and a pleasure boat marina.