- Proof of registration for the claimant
- Proof of registration of the defendant
- Proof of service delivery
- Notice for payment
The above four points are essential for a successful ship arrest in Bulgaria. These evidence are necessary to convince the court that there are two parties, which exist in their respective jurisdiction. The court can't initiate a case against non-existing entity. Therefore it's essential to have those documents beforehand. An apostille on those documents is required unless, the parties' place of registration is a country, which have signed bilateral agreement for legal aid with Bulgaria.
Proof of service delivery
Arresting a ship is available as a security for maritime claims. An exhaustive list of the types of maritime claims can be found in Geneva Convention on ship arrest from 1999 [original text], on which Bulgaria is signatory. Whether it will be bunkering or other ship maintenance services, there need to be a proof a service delivery when you apply for ship arrest court order.
Notice for payment
Normally after rendering the service, the claimant should have issued an invoice to the bareboat charterer or to the shipowner. Every invoice should have a term for payment, after expiry of which, the invoice is overdue. However if there is no date, a notice for out-of-court payment should be made. In such situations, email correspondence is the normal way of delivering such notices.
Initiating the ship arrest
We, at MH Legal, can initiate the ship arrest the same day, the documents are provided to us by email. After submission, the judge can issue the ship arrest order in one day, unless a deposit or additional clarifications are required. Should you have a ship arrest request, please contact us on +359 52 605997 or email us on email@example.com