The arrest and detention of a ship usually occurs within 12 months from the date a warrant of arrest is issued in an admiralty claim against the ship (known as an admiralty in rem action), so long as the ship is within the port limits of Singapore. Once a ship is arrested, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Police Coast Guard must be notified.
Refer to the Admiralty court guide and Part XVI of the Supreme Court Practice Directions for the detailed requirements and process for arresting a ship.
You may refer to the following for details of the vessels currently under Sheriff's arrest. This list is updated within the same working day if the arrest or release had taken place during office hours. Otherwise, it will be updated the next working day.
|ADM number||WA number||Vessel name||Arresting solicitor||Date/time of arrest||Appointed security guard agency||Location of vessel|
|20/2023||6/2023||ECO SPARK||LEGAL SOLUTIONS LLC||14 March 2023, 7.57pm||Not applicable||Pulau Ubin Project|
|23/2023||7/2023||HONG CHANG SHENG||RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE LLP||22 March 2023, 2.32 AM||Not applicable||EASTERN ANCHORAGE / GRID 5215C|
Lawyers are authorised to perform the Sheriff's duty of arresting a vessel under Section 65A of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act.
Parties may engage a lawyer if they wish to arrest a ship, seek legal advice or start an admiralty claim.
If you are the party who intends to arrest a ship (the plaintiff, also known as the arresting party), you or your lawyer (if any) must select a security agency from the court's approved panel.
After selecting an agency from the panel, you or your lawyer must do all of the following:
You may refer to the following for the details, contact information and fees for companies on the court's panel who provide security services for the arrest of ships.
Armour Security & Investigations Pte. Ltd.
23 Woodlands Industrial Park E1, #05-01,
Bulls-Eye Security Services Pte. Ltd.
23 New Industrial Road
Crete Security Services Pte. Ltd.
1 Yishun Industrial Street 1
#08-36, A'Posh Biz Hub, Singapore 768160
Focal Investigation & Security Agency Pte Ltd
5001 Beach Road
Peregrine Security Pte. Limited
2 Sims Close, #07-05, Gemini @ Sims, Singapore 387298
Note: The names of the security agencies are arranged alphabetically and in no order of preference.
The rates are comprehensive and take into account all disbursements except for the launch fees (when a security guard has to be transported to and from an arrested vessel out at sea to arrest the ship or at shift changes). Launch fees are charged and payable as disbursements.
If a ship agent is required, you may select one from the court's approved panel.
After selecting an agency from the panel, you or your lawyers (if any) must do all of the following:
You may refer to the following for the details, contact information and fees for companies on the court's panel of ship agents.
|Monthly / Half-monthly||Daily||Crew Change Handling Fee||Address||Contact Persons:-|
|1||ASP Crew Management Services Limited (Singapore Branch)||S$2000 monthly||S$65 daily||S$100 per person||152 Beach Road #05-01 Gateway East Singapore 189721|
|2||Thome Ship Agency Pte Ltd|
|S$100 per person||16 Raffles Quay #43-01 Hong Leong Building Singapore 048581|
|3||Sinoda Shipping Agency Pte Ltd||S$2000 monthly||S$66.67 daily||S$100 per person||10 Anson Road|
#15-01/02/03, International Plaza
|4||Pacmar Shipping Pte Ltd|
S$750 half-monthly or part thereof
|-||S$55 per person|
9 Raffles Place
Waypoint Port Services Singapore Pte Ltd
|S$1950 monthly||-||S$120 per person|
70 Shenton Way #13-13/14/15 Eon Shenton Singapore 079118
Hellenic Overseas Maritime Enterprises Pte Ltd
|S$2100 monthly||-||S$90 per person|
203 Henderson Road #10-01 Singapore 159546
Note: The names of the ship agents are arranged alphabetically and in no order of preference.
Ship agencies are allowed to charge only their rates published above. The rates for the provision of ship agent services are comprehensive except for disbursements (such as bunkers, supplies and crew change handling fees) which will be separately accounted for.
If the owner of the ship (defendant) does not secure the release of the ship after it is arrested, the plaintiff may apply for an order that the Sheriff sell the vessel via a judicial sale
If you are the plaintiff, you or your lawyer (if any) must appoint one or more appraisers from the court's approved panel to assess the value of the arrested ship before it is put up for sale.
After selecting an agency from the panel, you or your lawyer will need to file the Commission for Appraisement and Sale (Form 170, Rules of Court) indicating the court-approved appraiser you have selected via eLitigation.
You may refer to the following for the details, contact information and fees for companies on the court's panel who provide appraisal services for admiralty actions.
ALC Consulting Services Pte Ltd
1 Ubi View
6515 4116 (Captain Baharudin)
Ritchie & Bisset (Asia) Pte Ltd
Blk 209 Henderson Road
6271 8700 (Vincent Loh)
Seawise Maritime Services
5 Tampines Central 1
6692 6280 (Malim Araffiz Bin Jalani)
Note:The names of the ship appraisers are arranged alphabetically and in no order of preference.
The Sheriff's Office may also appoint a shipbroker from the court's approved panel. The shipbroker provides a valuation of the arrested vessels that are sold under judicial sales.
The Supreme Court of Singapore had on 4 January 2022 invited suitably qualified shipbrokers to apply to be appointed to a panel (the “Panel”) to provide appraisal services for arrested vessels that are sold under judicial sales. We are pleased to inform you that the Panel has been constituted and will begin operating on 1 April 2022.
The new Panel of Shipbrokers will comprise 3 companies. Their details are set out in the table as follows:
You may refer to the following for the details and contact information for companies on the court's panel of shipbrokers.
Avalon Shipbrokers Pte Ltd
60 Paya Lebar Road, #07-02, Singapore 409051
M3 Marine Group Pte Ltd
1 Commonwealth Lane #09-13, One Commonwealth Singapore 149544
|VesselsValue Pte Ltd||16 Raffles Quay, #33-03 Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581|
After the ship is sold by the Sheriff, the proceeds of the sale are used to satisfy:
If the proceeds from the sale exceed S$250,000.00 (after deducting all the sheriff's costs and expenses), it must be placed in a fixed deposit with a reputable bank or finance company in Singapore.
Any party who has obtained judgment against the ship or proceeds of the sale of the ship may also apply to the court for an order determining the order of priority of the claims against the proceeds of the sale of the ship. This is done by summons supported by an affidavit.
The sale proceeds will be paid out to the claimants in the amounts and manner specified in the court order.
Refer to the list of vessels sold (PDF, 60 KB) since 2006.
Refer to the Admiralty court guide.
Legislation associated with this topic include:
Refer to Part XVI of the Supreme Court Practice Directions for admiralty matters.
You can provide security for the claim made by the plaintiff in order to secure the release of the ship.
If you wish to contest the warrant of arrest for your ship, you or your lawyers (if any) may apply to the court by summons to set aside the arrest of the ship and have the ship released.
You may contact the following parties for queries.
Organisation or department
If you are a lawyer and wish for the court to hear an urgent request for the arrest or release of a ship outside of the Supreme Court’s operating hours, you will have to contact the after-hours duty registrar and satisfy them of the urgency of the requests.
You must inform the duty registrar of all of the following:
The duty registrar may inform you to attend a hearing at an appropriate time having regard to the urgency of the application, if necessary.
You may refer to:
If you are a party interested to buy a ship and wish to inspect any ship put up for sale, you are required to fill in and submit the Vessel Inspection Request (DOCX, 14 KB) and a copy of your NRIC, passport or work permit to the Sheriff's Office at email@example.com.
You may call 6332 1066 or 6332 4286/7/8 if you have more inquiries or requests for assistance.