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Charleston Maritime Attorneys – South Carolina Vessel Arrest


Vessel arrest — or ship seizure — is an extremely powerful tool used to force the owner of a boat or a ship to make payment on a debt or other financial liability that is secured by a maritime lien. At the same time, vessel arrest is fairly complex. If incorrect procedures are followed, the vessel owner may be able to successfully defend against the arrest and prevent foreclosure on the maritime lien.

Whether you are seeking to arrest or attach a vessel, or your own boat or ship has been arrested or attached, we can help. For many years, the lawyers at the maritime law firm of John Hughes Cooper, P.C., have provided smart and strategic legal guidance in all aspects of maritime and admiralty law — including ship seizure cases to obtain security for a maritime lien.

Our lawyers can be immediately available in vessel arrest cases — our experience has taught us that prompt action is a key part of a successful vessel arrest strategy, whether we are effecting the arrest or defending against a vessel arrest or attachment.

To schedule an immediate appointment regarding a vessel arrest case, contact our office in Mount Pleasant to consult with one of our lawyers. Call us at 843-883-9099 or contact us online.

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Vessel arrests are often called “Rule C arrests,” and vessel attachments are often called “Rule B vessel attachments.” The specific procedure for each type of action can be found in Rule B or C, respectively, of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions.

Vessel arrest occurs when the lien holder (via the office of the U.S. Marshal) seizes the actual vessel involved in the incident that gave rise to the debt and the lien. If the involved vessel is not available for arrest, it may be possible to attach another vessel belonging to the same owner.

Once the vessel is arrested, the U.S. marshal will auction the vessel if no bond is posted on its behalf and the proceeds will be used to satisfy the lien holder’s claim.

If you have questions about how to best go about arresting or attaching a vessel, or if your own vessel has been threatened with arrest or attachment, contact us for a prompt response and practical legal advice from a knowledgeable maritime attorney.

To schedule a free, confidential consultation with our Charleston, South Carolina Vessel Arrest Attorneys, call us at 843-883-9099 or use our online contact form.

From our law office in Mount Pleasant, John Hughes Cooper, P.C. handles admiralty law and maritime law cases throughout coastal South Carolina (the Lowcountry), the Pee Dee region, communities surrounding Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, and elsewhere in the Southeast. The communities we serve include Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Georgetown, Beaufort, Hilton Head, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Edisto Island, Walterboro, Pawley's Island, Murrells Inlet, Little River, Conway, Columbia, Florence, Charleston County, Georgetown County, Berkeley County, Beaufort County, Horry County, Jasper County and Colleton County.

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