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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
19/20228/2022Victor 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP26 March 2022 11 .10 am Not applicableEastern Special Purposes Anchorage A/5518C
16/20225/2022World DreamAscendant Legal LLC 2 March 2022 3.10 pm Not applicableChangi General Purpose Anchorage
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, #05-01,

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 Center, 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. Limited

2 Sims Close, #07-05, Gemini @ Sims, Singapore 387298

  • $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.

S\N

Ship Agent

Monthly / Half-monthlyDailyCrew Change Handling FeeAddressContact Persons:-
1ASP Crew Management Services Limited (Singapore Branch)S$2000 monthlyS$65 dailyS$100 per person
152 Beach Road #05-01 Gateway East Singapore 189721
  • 8338 8442 (Zulkifli Bin Umar)
  • 9177 3736 (Relyn Lino)
2Thome Ship Agency Pte Ltd

S$2100 monthly

S$70 daily

S$100 per person16 Raffles Quay #43-01 Hong Leong Building Singapore 048581
  • 6795 1097 (Office)
  • 9622 5164 (Patrick Lee)
  • 9721 8650 (Tommy Ng)
3Sinoda Shipping AgencyS$2000 monthlyS$66.67 dailyS$100 per person10 Anson Road
#15-01/02/03, International Plaza
Singapore 079903
  • 6227 2711 (Office)
  • 9817 7743 (Captain Ashok Batura)
  • 9478 0070 (Prakash Nathan)
    4Pacmar Shipping Pte Ltd

    S$1500 monthly

    S$750 half-monthly or part thereof

    -S$55 per person

    9 Raffles Place
    #15-01

    Republic Plaza
    Singapore 048619

    • 6221 3608 (Office)
    • 9616 9770 (Osman Budak)
    • 9616 9954 (Darius Chong)
    • 9616 9964 (Nazri)
      5

      Waypoint Port Services Singapore Pte Ltd

      S$1950 monthly-S$120 per person

      70 Shenton Way #13-13/14/15 Eon Shenton Singapore 079118

      • 6805 8980 (Office)
      • 9660 5410 (Velu Ramoo)
      • 9645 6819 (Eswaran)
        6

        Hellenic Overseas Maritime Enterprises Pte Ltd

        S$2100 monthly-S$90 per person

        203 Henderson Road #10-01 Singapore 159546


        • 9633 1058 (Alexandros Athanasiou)
        • 9633 1059 (Dax Sia)

        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.

        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

        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.

        Company

        Address

        Contact persons

        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 Ltd16 Raffles Quay, #33-03 Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581

        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, 178 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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