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Arrest of ships

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 numberWA numberVessel nameArresting solicitorDate/time of arrestAppointed security guard agencyLocation of vessel
46/20219/2021MT StrofadesRajah & Tann Singapore LLP

22 March 2021

1.15pm

Not applicableEastern Petroleum Anchorage A
92/202121/2021Ocean GobyAsiaLegal LLC23 August 2021 11.05pmNot applicableEastern Special Purpose Anchorage A
93/202122/2021Ocean MantaAsiaLegal LLC25 August 2021 7.30pmNot applicableEastern Special Purpose Anchorage A
94/202123/2021Ocean JackAsiaLegal LLC26 August 2021 6.50pmNot applicableEastern Special Purpose Anchorage A - Grid 5517B
95/202124/2021Ocean PorpoiseAsiaLegal LLC29 August 2021 7.22pmNot applicableEastern Special Purpose Anchorage A/5817A
106/202127/2021Wu Yi SanAsiaLegal LLC23 September 2021 6.35pmNot applicableEastern Bunkering Anchorage C
102/202129/2021Chloe VAllen & Gledhill LLP15 October 2021 5.09pmNot applicableEastern Bunkering Anchorage A/0317D
114/202130/2021KithnosAscendant Legal LLC25 October 2021 12.40pm Sudong SP Purp Anch/4111D
Note

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.

Contact and appoint security services

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:

  • Provide the appointed security agency with details of the arrest and make the necessary arrangements to bring the security guard along when executing the warrant of arrest.
  • Inform the Sheriff’s Office which security agency has been appointed prior to executing the warrant of arrest on the ship.
    • It is your responsibility to give the Sheriff’s Office sufficient time and notice to ensure that the necessary administrative processes can be undertaken before the ship is arrested.
  • Engage ship watch services and provide the Sheriff's Office with daily updates on the location of the vessel, starting from the day the vessel is arrested until the vessel is released.

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.

Company

Address

Fees

Contact information

Armour Security & Investigations Pte Ltd

23 Woodlands Industrial Park E1, #01-01,

Singapore 757741

  • $280 per 12-hour block
  • $550 per 24-hour block
  • 6777 7774 (Office)
  • 8328 1334 (Duty officer)
  • 9741 0064 (R.Krish)
  • 9385 2295 (Sofian Amin)

Bulls-Eye Security Services Pte. Ltd

23 New Industrial Road
#08-08, Solstice Business Centre, Singapore 536209

  • $450 per 12-hour block
  • $850 per 24-hour block
  • 6844 4234 (Office)
  • 9816 1254 (Parga Singh)

Crete Security Services Pte Ltd

1 Yishun Industrial Street 1

#08-36, A'Posh Biz Hub, Singapore 768160

  • $275 per 12-hour block
  • $550 per 24-hour block
  • 6883 2100 (Office)
  • 8500 0239 (24 hour Ops Control Room)
  • 9116 2444 (Paul Nolasco)
  • 8684 7728 (Florence May Gerundio, Jennifer Arcilla or Muthiah Ganesan)
  • 9096 8981 (Sujatha D/O Rajamani)

Focal Investigation & Security Agency Pte Ltd

5001 Beach Road
#04-22, Golden Mile Complex,
Singapore 199588

  • $270 per 12-hour block
  • $540 per 24-hour block
  • 6221 0110 (24 hour Ops Control Room)
  • 9799 7995 (Shaun Lam)
  • 9128 0120 (Raymond Lee)

Peregrine Security Pte Ltd

845 Geylang Road
#04-15, 
Singapore 400845

  • $270 per 12-hour block
  • $540 per 24-hour block
  • 6744 4133 (Office)
  • 6747 7551 (24 hour Ops Control Room)
  • 9022 9768 (Shashank Mesvani)

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.

Contact and appoint ship agents

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:

  • Provide the appointed ship agent with details of the arrest and make the necessary arrangements when executing the arrest.
  • Inform the Sheriff’s Office and obtain the Sheriff’s consent for the ship agent you intend to appoint prior to executing the arrest of the ship.

You may refer to the following for the details, contact information and fees for companies on the court's panel of ship agents.

Company

Address

Fees

Contact information

Leo Shipping Agencies

34 Boon Leat Terrace, #05-13
Singapore 119866

  • $100 per day or $3,000 per month
  • $130 per crew (crew change handling fee)
  • 6479 6066 (Office)
  • 9815 4007 (Ambrose Png)
  • 9762 0343 (Simon Tan)

Pacmar Shipping Pte Ltd

8 Shenton Way
#38-02, Temasek Tower
Singapore 068811

  • $750 per half-month or $1,500 per month
  • $55 per crew (crew change handling fee)
  • 6221 3608 (Office)
  • 9616 9770 (Osman Budak)
  • 9616 2884 (Edita Grapci)

Sinoda Shipping Agency

10 Anson Road
#15-01/02/03, International Plaza
Singapore 079903

  • $67 per day or $2,010 per month
  • $100 per crew (crew change handling fee)
  • 6227 2711 (Office)
  • 9817 7743 (Captain Ashok Batura)
  • 9478 0070 (Prakash Nathan)

Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

16 Raffles Quay
#43-01, Hong Leong Building
Singapore 048581

  • $70 per day or $2,100 per month
  • $100 per crew (crew change handling fee)
  • 6220 7291 (Office)
  • 9622 5164 (Patrick Lee)
  • 9721 8650 (Tommy Ng)

Winners Shipmanagement & Agency Services Pte Ltd

40 Kian Teck Road, Singapore 628783

  • $2,500 per month
  • $175 per crew (crew change handling fee)
  • 6795 1097 (Office)
  • 9826 7171 (Victor Zaw Win Tun)
  • 9459 6829 (Zulkifli Abdul Rahman)

Note:The names of the ship agents are arranged alphabetically and in no order of preference.

Ship agencies are only be allowed to charge their published rates. 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.

Sale of ships

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 

Ship appraisers

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.

Company

Address

Contact information

ALC Consulting Services Pte Ltd

 

1 Ubi View
#01-15A, Focus One
Singapore 408555

6515 4116 (Captain Baharudin)

Ritchie & Bisset (Asia) Pte Ltd

Blk 209 Henderson Road
#03-01, Henderson Industrial Park
Singapore 159551

6271 8700 (Vincent Loh)

 

 

Seawise Maritime Services

5 Tampines Central 1
#03-02, Tampines Plaza, Singapore 529541

6692 6280 (Behrouz Shokrizadeh)

Sedgwick Singapore Pte Ltd

 

 

30 Cecil Street
Level 12, Prudential Tower
Singapore 049737

 

6223 2008 (Ramli Mohd)

Note:The names of the ship appraisers are arranged alphabetically and in no order of preference.

Shipbrokers

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.

You may refer to the following for the details and contact information for companies on the court's panel of shipbrokers.

Company

Address

Contact information

M3 Marine Valuations Pte Ltd

1 Commonwealth Lane
#09-13, One Commonwealth Singapore 149544

VesselsValue Pte Ltd

1 George Street, #10-01 Singapore 049145

After the ship is sold

After the ship is sold by the Sheriff, the proceeds of the sale are used to satisfy:

  • The expenses of the Sheriff and other dues.
  • The claims of the plaintiff and other relevant parties.

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, 44 KB) since 2006.

Resources

Refer to the Admiralty court guide.

Related questions

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.

Lawyers representing parties for the arrest of ships must refer to the process for admiralty arrest as set out in the Rules of Court and the Admiralty court guide.

You may contact the following parties for queries.

Organisation or department

Contact information

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

  • 6325 2802 (During office hours)
  • 6325 2488 (After office hours)

Sheriff’s Office

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:

  • When the ship in question is arriving in Singapore (for arrest) or departing from Singapore (for release).
  • Whether all the necessary legal documents have been electronically filed.

The duty registrar may inform you to attend a hearing at an appropriate time having regard to the urgency of the application, if necessary.

The purchase of ships is open to the public.

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 Sheriff@supcourt.gov.sg.

You may call 6332 1066 or 6332 4286/7/8 if you have more inquiries or requests for assistance.

If any appraisers wish to be appointed to the court's panel of appraisers, they will have to write to the Registrar of the Supreme Court with all relevant information, particulars and details of their company in the application.


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