Bibby Offshore Limited v. Emas Chiyoda Subsea, Inc.
ORDER denying without prejudice 12 Motion to Vacate.(Signed by Magistrate Judge Jason B Libby) Parties notified.(mserpa, 2)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
BIBBY OFFSHORE LIMITED,
EMAS CHIYODA SUBSEA, INC.,
February 03, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:17-CV-33
Pending is Defendant’s Motion to Vacate. (D.E. 12). A hearing was held on
February 2, 2017. The Motion is DENIED without prejudice. A scheduling order will
be entered separately.
This case arises from a dispute over a maritime contract between Plaintiff Bibby
Offshore Limited and Defendant Emas Chiyoda Subsea, Inc. (D.E. 1). Pursuant to the
terms of the contract, the substance of that dispute has been referred to arbitration.
Anticipating an arbitral award, Plaintiff initiated this ancillary action to arrest the M/V
Lewek Express and M/V AMC Ambassador in order to have assets from which to collect
its anticipated award. On or about January 25, 2017, the undersigned entered an Order of
Attachment. (D.E. 5 and D.E. 6). On January 29, 2017, Defendant filed the pending
Motion to Vacate, asserting it does not own either vessel and Plaintiff has not alleged a
sufficient basis to demonstrate ownership. (D.E. 12).
While Plaintiff carries the burden of showing why the arrest should not be vacated,
at this stage in the proceedings, Plaintiff’s complaint has shown “reasonable grounds for
issuing the arrest warrant.” White Rosebay Shipping S.A. v. HNA Grp. Co., Ltd., Case
No. 12-cv-96, 2012 WL 6858239, at *9 (S.D. Tex. Dec. 5, 2012)(the arrest procedure “is
not intended to resolve definitively the dispute between the parties, but only to make a
preliminary determination whether there were reasonable grounds for issuing the arrest
warrant”)(citation omitted); White Rosebay Shipping S.A. v. HNA Grp. Co., Ltd., Case
No. 12-cv-96, 2013 WL 441014 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 5, 2013). The undersigned is not
making a final decision on the ownership of the vessels at this time. However, similar to
this Court’s decision in Olendorff, the parties have submitted evidence regarding
ownership and the undersigned finds it is appropriate to give the parties the opportunity
to conduct discovery to determine the true ownership status of the vessels in question and
to support this Court’s jurisdiction to maintain this action. Olendorff Carriers GMBH &
Co., KG v. Grand China Shipping (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., Case No. 12-cv-74, (S.D. Tex.
Oct. 10, 2012)(Order for Discovery); see also Olendorff Carriers GMBH & Co., KG v.
Grand China Shipping (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., Case No. 12-cv-74, 2013 WL 3937450, at
*3 (S.D. Tex. July 30, 2013)(Court permitted limited jurisdictional discovery on the issue
of ownership)(citation omitted).
ORDERED this 3rd day of February, 2017.
Jason B. Libby
United States Magistrate Judge
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?