international convention on maritime liens and mortgages 1993 pdf

International Convention On Maritime Liens And Mortgages 1993 Pdf

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Arresting developments - The 1999 Arrest Convention

It aims to be a forum for academic research and a platform for discussion where novel legal issues of interest to Mexico, North America and Latin America are explored.

The journal offers researchers, academics and students the opportunity to publish articles and papers on relevant Mexican and comparative law issues. Maritime liens, without a doubt, are a unique and hugely important feature of maritime law. Broadly speaking, they represent a claim on or special right to a vessel.

However, there is no uniformity when it comes to studying this unique feature. It is from the Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions that we get the majority of our information about its nature and associated problems. In this article, the law on maritime liens is examined through a comparative study of several Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions and Mexican law. Also under investigation are the problems that arise when a national court is faced with a maritime lien created under foreign law, and when that maritime lien differs from those liens established under the law that governs the domestic court..

De tal modo que son las jurisdicciones anglosajonas aquellas que nos dan mayor detalle sobre la naturaleza y problemas que surgen de su estudio. Maritime law is a unique branch of the law. Among its areas of specialization is admiralty law. Because of its nature, admiralty law requires deep knowledge of other areas of the law such as insurance, environmental, international and contract laws.

Maritime transactions are based on good faith. The dynamism and nature of the maritime business sometimes require creditors to wait for payment. Vessels must navigate in order to earn money and pay dues, therefore, the creation of maritime credits or the right to a maritime claim has been of paramount importance to the development of international trade. For instance, a company that repairs a vessel needs security that its services will be paid.

Without collateral, the company cannot allow the ship to sail away. A maritime lien can be said to provide greater security for a claimant than a regular maritime claim. Despite the fact that the expression maritime lien is recognized in the national law of all countries, and that these nations are aware of the importance of this feature of maritime law, there is no global agreement on the precise character of maritime liens.

In fact, the law of maritime liens has developed differently across the globe, and substantial disparities remain in the way it is administered. Therefore, it is natural that conflicts of laws should arise in regard to claims of this nature.

Specifically, when the discussion is about the recognition of foreign maritime liens, courts around the globe have used different approaches depending on their own conflict of laws rules, public policy and expertise in certain juridical areas.

For instance, the approach used by common law countries is substantially different from that used by civil law countries. The first part of this article analyzes and attempts to define the concept of maritime liens. This section also makes a comparative study of English, American and Mexican maritime laws. Part two offers an analysis of the position regarding the recognition of foreign maritime liens. In this chapter a study of the leading cases, mainly English, American, Canadian and Australian is done in order to predict what the Mexican court could do faced with a similar situation.

As stated by Sheen J. In this article English common law, American law and Mexican law will be studied. The maritime lien is the foundation of the admiralty proceeding in rem. An action in rem is restricted to the process of enforcing a maritime lien directly against the ship as the defendant, in accordance with the provisions of the Senior Courts Act of This is called the personification theory, which through time, evolved into the procedural theory.

Historically, if the owner of the ship appears or acknowledges service of the proceedings, the action also becomes an action in personam. The Ripon City , 10 established that a maritime lien may exist and be enforced against the property of persons not personally liable for the claim, and who are not the persons who, or whose servants, have required the service or done the damage. Furthermore, Mellish LJ. It commences, and there it continues binding on the ship until it comes to an end.

A maritime lien can arise in a variety of contexts. In the Tolten , 15 Scott L. Additionally, in the Tolten it was stated that: The lien consists in the substantive right of putting into operation the Admiralty Court's executive function of arresting and selling the ship, so as to give clear title to the purchaser, and thereby, enforcing distribution of the proceeds amongst the lien creditors in accordance with their several priorities […].

Finally, under English law, a very restricted list of claims may give rise to a maritime lien I. Bottomry although bottomry is now obsolete. Master's disbursements. United States Maritime liens share some features with common law maritime liens.

In The John G Stevens 21 the Supreme Court describes a maritime lien for collision in a similar fashion to a maritime lien under English law: The collision, as soon as it takes place, creates, as security for the damages, a maritime lien or privilege, jus in re, a proprietary interest in the offending ship, and which, when enforced by admiralty process in rem, relates back to the time of the collision.

The offending ship is considered as herself the wrongdoer, and as herself bound to make compensation for the wrong done […]. Therefore, in this section some unique features will be highlighted in order to understand maritime liens under other jurisdictions. Story J. The American action in rem is against the property that relates to the claim. For instance, in United States v. The vessel which commits the aggression is treated as the offender, as the guilty instrument or thing to which the forfeiture attaches, without any reference whatsoever to the character or conduct of the owner.

The vessel or boat says the act of Congress from which such piratical aggression, shall have been first attempted or made shall be condemned [ … ]. Also, unlike an English maritime lien, a US maritime lien would not be barred by a previous action in personam against the owner of the offending vessel as in S. Robert Force provides a list of the claims that can give rise to a maritime lien: I.

Seamen's wages. Torts that arise under the general maritime law. Damage or loss to cargo while aboard a vessel. Claims by carriers for unpaid freight. M in Spanish. According to the L. M a maritime lien is a cause of preference attached to a real or personal right 33 for the satisfaction of the claimant's right. Further explanation about the nature of a maritime lien is provided in Article Maritime liens on a vessel will be extinguished after a period of one year from the time the maritime lien arises, unless an action has been issued to seize the ship or to make the ship subject to preventive embargo.

The extinction of the maritime lien does not involve the extinction of the credit or compensation; they will become extinct in the form and terms indicated in the applicable legislation. As with an English or a US maritime lien, a Mexican maritime lien is secret; it does not need to be registered.

Arguably, a maritime lien is an independent legal feature as it will be extinguished independently of the underlying claim. Arguably, a Mexican maritime lien should not include the right of prosecution. Finally, the list of maritime liens that are recognized by Mexican law are stated in Article 91 as follows: I.

Claims for wages and other dues to the crew members under their employment on the vessel including repatriation costs and social security charges;. Claims arising from compensation due to death or injury occurring whether ashore or at sea, in direct relation to the use of the vessel;. Claims for salvage reward for the salvage of the vessel;.

Credits to the vessel, derived from the use of port infrastructure, maritime signals, waterways and pilotage;. Claims arising from the compensation by a non contractual fault, due to loss or material damage caused by the operation of the vessel, other than loss or damage caused to the cargo, containers, and effects of passengers carried on board the same […].

It is safe to say that the list of recognized maritime liens within one juridical system depends on public policy, history, and economic development especially in the area of trade. A country that has a lot of shipowners may protect ships from arrest based on a maritime lien, while a country with much stronger port developments may advantage suppliers with a maritime lien on supplies.

It is natural, therefore, that very different positions about how to apply and recognize such a right exist around the world. Nevertheless, a natural sense of justice and developments in international litigation require countries to recognize this right, provided that it was validly conferred. As noted before, there is no uniformity around the world with regard to the development and application of the law of maritime liens. It is natural, therefore, that conflict of laws may arise and the way courts around the world solve these problems differ depending on their conflict of laws rules.

English law, for instance, restricts what claims can be considered maritime liens. The US and other civil law jurisdictions, on the other hand, have a much longer list of claims that are considered maritime liens. Therefore, having a maritime lien recognized by a foreign court could mean the difference between having a right in security over the ship that travels with the property 44 and being secured by a regular maritime claim or statutory right in rem.

This conflict of laws problem gives rise to a very complicated set of questions. A claim may arise by means of a contract or a tort or any other cause of action, and the court needs to decide which law governs the claimant's cause of action. The court may need to take into consideration that a maritime lien forming security for this obligation arises not only by this cause of action but also by operation of law.

The questions may not stop there: Should the courts of the forum arresti recognize the foreign law regarding maritime liens when that law is dissimilar to the domestic law that regulates maritime liens?

The infamous decision on the The Halcyon Isle , 49 represents the leading authority on maritime liens in English law. This majority decision of the Privy Council establishes that the lex fori governs the recognition and ranking of foreign maritime liens. The majority's position, as explained by Lord Diplock, is that a maritime lien in English law involves rights that are procedural or remedial only. There is a policy reason for this decision. Apparently, Lord Diplock was concerned about the extensive list of actions that can lead to the award of maritime liens in some jurisdictions.

Whereas English law authorizes maritime liens from a restricted set of circumstances, the US and France, for instance, have a wider range of claims that can give rise to maritime liens, including one for necessaries men, which is a very broad claim.

The first option, he noted, had the merit of simplicity and was preferable in principle. The agreement stated that the monies due would be paid following judgment in a competent court of law and provide an English exclusive jurisdiction clause and an English applicable law clause.

Following the re-arrest of the vessel in the US in , the appellant, sought to set aside an anti-suit injunction. In this case the judge identified the problems that would arise if the order were upheld, given that under English law the recognition of a foreign maritime lien is lex fori and that English law does not grant a maritime lien for necessaries.

According to William Tetley, the Rome Convention 61 may have changed the law regarding the recognition of foreign maritime liens. The author bases his theory on articles 1 2 h and Now, this provision has been reproduced in a similar fashion in the Rome I Regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations 63 in its articles 1 3 and 18, and in the Rome II Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations 64 in its articles 1 3 , 21 and Although, by the decision in OceanConnect UK Ltd v Angara Maritime Ltd it appears that The Halcyon Isle 65 is still the authority regarding recognition of foreign maritime liens, it can be argued that by virtue of the Rome I and Rome II regulations, a maritime lien would be recognized even when the maritime lien would rank according to English law.

The United States regards the right to arrest a vessel through an action in rem as synonymous with maritime liens; 67 therefore, under US Law, a maritime lien constitutes a substantive right.

Arresting developments - The 1999 Arrest Convention

Home Page. Main Menu. Water Transport. International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, Geneva, 6 May Entry into force. Registration : 5 September , No.

The existing Convention on Arrest of Ships 1 has achieved wide international acceptance. However, it is increasingly considered by many to have become out of date and limited in the type of claims that may be protected by arrest of a ship. The original draft was developed in together with a draft Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages. The Maritime Liens and Mortgages Convention 2 was adopted in and work subsequently continued with drafting the Arrest Convention. The convention will be open for signature from 1st September to 31st August and will come into force six months after ten States have ratified it. As with the Convention, the new convention aims to strike a balance between the competing interests of owners of ships and cargo, in ensuring that trading is not interrupted by a wrongful arrest, and the interests of claimants who have claims against the owners of the ship and who wish to obtain security for those claims. The more significant provisions of the draft convention are described below.

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Introduction Maritime liens give the holder a priority over mortgages and other claims and continue to bind the ship despite a change of ownership.

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2. The United Nations/International Maritime Organization Conference of. Plenipotentiaries on a Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, was convened at.

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