Ship Arrest in Spain Now Much Easier


Did you know the new Spanish  Maritime Navigational Act 2014 allows in most cases ship arrest in Spain by Non-Maritime Claims?

New Law on Ship Arrest in Spain

The new Maritime Navigational Act 2014 (MNA/2014), declare applicable  several Laws on Ship Arrest in Spain.

  • The International Convention on Arrest of Ships, adopted in Geneva in 1999, in a United Nations / IMO Conference (ICAS/1999).
  • The International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, done in Geneva, in 1993, by a United Nations / IMO Conference too (ICMLM/1993).
  • And supplementary, the Spanish Civil Procedural Law, 2000 (attachment liens and other articles).

Arrests by Maritime and Non-Maritime  Claims and Liens

The MNA/2014, which entered in force the 25th of September, 2014, has introduced many changes on ship arrest. First of all and henceforth, according to our national Maritime Law, pleasure yachts and commercial/professional vessels are now equivalets. So vessels and yachts can now be arrested equally. All vessels and yachts (ships with Spanish or foreing flag) can be arrested by cause of Maritime Claims and Liens. Besides, Spanish flag ships, when the claimant has also the Spanish residence, can also be seizure by non-maritime claims.

Secondly, in the same sense, ships with flags of a countries not part of the ICAS/1999, will be able to be arrested, as well, by maritime and non-maritime claims and liens. The list of countries in which is only possible the Ship Arrest in Spain by Maritime Claims and Liens, is very short. See the status of countries Signataries and Parties here. Thus, this condition has open or widened ship arrest inSpain. That is, the assumption of facts to an effective ship arrest.

The MNA/2014 has established the legal presumption that the ship arrest proceeding is urgent. The Court give preference to the ship arrest or release before other cases. Additionally, to declare the seizure by the Judge, the claimant only has to allegue the credit, its cause and the arrestability of the ship. It is not even necessary to present invoices in the first steps of the procedure!

Having said that, Ship Arrest in Spain is a good election for many type of world wide creditors who want to claim  for their rights and finalize with the Forced Sale of the Ship.


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We also assist you to agilize the ship arrest at the Maritime Administration, order of inmobilization that the Court decrete and tramit to the Harbour Master’s Office in order to the effective detention of the ship.


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