Obtaining security for claims by way of a ship arrest or resisting arrest in jurisdictions around the world is part of LEBUHN & PUCHTA’s core capabilities. In Germany, ship arrest has gained in importance since the entry into force of the new German maritime code in 2013.

Selected Cases

  • We have acted for clients in a large and complex multiple arrest case involving an associated ship arrest in South Africa and in other, including remote, jurisdictions and a counter-arrest in China. The case involved major shipping companies and received a large amount of attention.
  • We have advised clients in connection with the OW Bunker insolvency and the threat of arrest in respect of claims for unpaid bunkers.
  • We have arrested a passenger vessel in Germany in respect of outstanding repair invoices from a foreign shipyard.
  • We have acted for shipowners in a damages claim against the German State for unlawful detention of their vessel as a result of a port state control inspection.
  • We have acted for the main creditors initiating and handling proceedings for the forced sale of vessels.
  • We have acted for clients in arresting a cargo vessel in Germany for claims arising out of the vessel’s collision with a railway bridge.