A lawyer will have to draft an arrest petition and submit it to the competent court. This is an ex-parte procedure, meaning that the debtor will not be informed or heard.

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Types of claims

The Netherlands are a party to the International Convention for the unification of certain rules relating to the Arrest of Sea-going Ships (the 1952 Arrest Convention).

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Against whom

In principle, the ship can only be arrested for claims against the registered owner or bareboat charterer. The ship cannot be arrested for claims against the time charterer.

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Time and costs

A ship arrest can be made within one day, in urgent cases the arrest can be done in several hours from the moment the lawyer is instructed until the bailiff actually makes the arrest.

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The reasons for the lifting of or release from the arrest are either payment of the outstandings, the provision of sufficient security or by order of the court.

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Wrongful arrest

If the outcome of the main proceedings is that the claimant does not have a claim, the arrest will have been wrongful and the claimant will be liable for damages arising out of the arrest.

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Judicial Sale / auction

In most cases the claim is settled or security is provided and the ship is released from the arrest. However, in some cases the debtor is not able to pay or provide security.

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Bunkers / cargo

Dutch law and the 1952 Arrest Convention do not allow for a ship to be arrested for claims against a time charterer. In that case the claimant will have to look for other assets of the time charterer to seize.

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Other jurisdictions

Dutch lawyers who have been admitted to the Dutch Bar Association are only allowed to practice law in the Netherlands. For arrests in other countries, a local lawyer is needed.

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How we work

First, we assess whether an arrest is possible and efficient. Secondly, we enter into an agreement, including fees and disbursements.

After all necessary information regarding the claim and the parties involved has been provided, we draft the arrest application and submit it to the court.

Assuming that permission is granted to arrest the vessel, the bailiff will board the vessel and serve the application (signed by the court) upon the Master, while simultaneously informing the port authorities.

After the arrest, there are several options: (1) full payment of the outstandings including costs of the arrest, (2) an amicable settlement, (3) owners providing an LOU or bank guarantee and (4) initiation of summary proceedings by owners.