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The seizure of a vessel, or vessel arrest, is how an Admiralty Court gains jurisdiction over the maritime conveyance or vessel which is the subject matter of a legal proceeding. These actions are commonly known as "in rem" actions, meaning those against a "thing" or property, rather than a person. 

Vessel seizures and arrests may be initiated for a number of reasons, including the payment of liens, mortgages or various other maritime liens that may arise, as well as for damages arising out of personal injury and property damage to third parties via collisions and allisions. Whether you are a seeking to arrest a vessel, or defend against the arrest of a vessel, the maritime attorneys at Sioli Alexander Pino have extensive experience on both sides of the aisle, which enable them to aggressively direct your vessel arrest, or maintain a vigorous defense against the seizure of your (or an insured’s) vessel.