The Admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court in respect of cargo claims and contracts of affreightment is statutory. The High Court has Admiralty jurisdiction over any claim arising out of an agreement relating to the use or hire of a ship; or relating to the carriage of goods in a ship; or tort in respect of goods carried in a ship. Under the Act of 1861 the right to bring an Admiralty action was limited to owners of cargo, but now there appears to be no reason why a ship-owner, provided that he is not domiciled in India, should not bring an Admiralty action against cargo owners.
If you have a claim relating to cargo you have a right to arrest the ship or her sister ship under the Brussels or Geneva Conventions for ship arrests. If the ship or any of her sister ship is heading towards Indian territorial waters you can arrest her by obtaining an order of arrest under admiralty jurisdiction.
We know that there are very few solicitor/ law firms in our country practicing admiralty, shipping and maritime more particularly admiralty ship arrest or release, we understand this sector is complex and very technical owing to the possibility of wrongful arrest for any mistake whilst strategising arrest, therefore one simply cannot ignore to engage the best or a specialist in this sector.
If you have a claim or a dispute by which admiralty jurisdiction can be invoked to arrest a ship in India please feel free to email, write or call us to check if admiralty jurisdiction can be invoked. You may also check with us if you intend arresting a ship outside India.
A ship can be arrested anywhere in India under admiralty jurisdiction by obtaining order of arrest from respective High Court having admiralty jurisdiction. The vessel should be in State territorial waters of the High Court. Brus Chambers having associate offices in Port and Capital city in all State of India, can provide a single window service for ship arrest or release in India.
In ship arrest or release matters the firm advise on all types of disputes representing owners, charterers, suppliers, repairers, cargo owners and their insurers, including P & I clubs, banks, financial institution, mortgagors and conducts litigation.
Advice and assistance on all types of disputes and claims, including bunker dues, repairs, casualties, collision, limitation of liability, cargo, charterparty, jurisdiction, conflict of laws, bill of lading, carriage of goods, contract conditions, fire, liens, general average, containers, recoveries, subrogation, casualties, freight forwarders liabilities, multimodal and unimodal, insurance and reinsurance, commercial disputes, recovery of unpaid dues, towage, salvage, pilotage, grounding, commodity disputes, damage done or received by any ship, freight, hire, demurrage, laytime, masters and crew claims, necessaries, supplies, ownership, possession, building, equipping.
Brus Chambers has extensive experience and a global reputation of handling ship arrest and release and all other aspects of maritime matters and has dominated the Indian admiralty and shipping market.
Brus Chambers has practiced maritime law since the establishment of the firm in 1998 and its partners much prior to 1992; today we have a worldwide reputation as specialists in this area. Our partners regularly appear as recommended shipping specialists.