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.
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|
|46/2021||9/2021||MT Strofades||Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP|
22 March 2021
|Not applicable||Eastern Petroleum Anchorage A|
|92/2021||21/2021||Ocean Goby||AsiaLegal LLC||23 August 2021 11.05pm||Not applicable||Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage A|
|93/2021||22/2021||Ocean Manta||AsiaLegal LLC||25 August 2021 7.30pm||Not applicable||Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage A|
|94/2021||23/2021||Ocean Jack||AsiaLegal LLC||26 August 2021 6.50pm||Not applicable||Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage A - Grid 5517B|
|95/2021||24/2021||Ocean Porpoise||AsiaLegal LLC||29 August 2021 7.22pm||Not applicable||Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage A/5817A|
|106/2021||27/2021||Wu Yi San||AsiaLegal LLC||23 September 2021 6.35pm||Not applicable||Eastern Bunkering Anchorage C|
|109/2021||28/2021||Eagle||Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP||9 October 2021 2.38am||Not applicable||Eastern Anchorage (5215C)|
|102/2021||29/2021||Chloe V||Allen & Gledhill LLP||15 October 2021 5.09pm||Not applicable||Eastern Bunkering Anchorage A/0317D|
Lawyers are authorised to perform the Sheriff's duty of arresting a vessel under Section 65A of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act.
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, #01-01,
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 Ltd
845 Geylang Road
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.
Leo Shipping Agencies
34 Boon Leat Terrace, #05-13
Pacmar Shipping Pte Ltd
8 Shenton Way
Sinoda Shipping Agency
10 Anson Road
Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd
16 Raffles Quay
Winners Shipmanagement & Agency Services Pte Ltd
40 Kian Teck Road, Singapore 628783
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.
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 (Behrouz Shokrizadeh)
Sedgwick Singapore Pte Ltd
30 Cecil Street
6223 2008 (Ramli Mohd)
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.
You may refer to the following for the details and contact information for companies on the court's panel of shipbrokers.
M3 Marine Valuations Pte Ltd
1 Commonwealth Lane
VesselsValue Pte Ltd
1 George Street, #10-01 Singapore 049145
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, 44 KB) since 2006.
Refer to the Admiralty court guide.
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 Sheriff@supcourt.gov.sg.
You may call 6332 1066 or 6332 4286/7/8 if you have more inquiries or requests for assistance.