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||We are founding member of ALEXIA, an International Maritime Network.
We intervene for ship arrests in all Belgian ports. Arrests in other countries can be done through our network of ALEXIA correspondents and colleagues.
A ship may be arrested for maritime claims only, meaning a claim arising out of one or more of the following:
(a) damage caused by any ship either in collision or otherwise;
(b) loss of life or personal injury caused by any ship or occurring in connection with the operation of any ship;
(d) agreement relating to the use or hire of any ship whether by charterparty or otherwise;
(e) agreement relating to the carriage of goods in any ship whether by charterparty or otherwise;
(f) loss of or damage to goods including baggage carried in any ship;
(g) general average;
(k) goods or materials wherever supplied to a ship for her operation or maintenance;
(1) construction, repair or equipment of any ship or dock charges and dues;
(m) wages of Masters, Officers, or crew;
(n) Master's disbursements, including disbursements made by shippers, charterers or agent on behalf of a ship or her owner;
(o ) disputes as to the title to or ownership of any ship;
(p) disputes between co-owners of any ship as to the ownership, possession, employment, or earnings of that ship;
(q) the mortgage or hypothecation of any ship.
However, even if the possibilities for a maritime arrest are limited by Treaty and by the Commercial Code, with some creative thinking a ship may also be de facto arrested for all other (non-maritime) claims, leading to the immobilization of the ship. There are indeed possibilities that are offered out of the frame of the Brussels convention, such as the seizure of bunkers.