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Seizures & Arrests - November 24

London, Nov 24 -- Athens-based Kyla Shipping has used Rule B to secure a warrant to seize semi-sub HL vessel Zhen Hua 25 (38255 gt, built 1988) in Alabama. Kyla is seeking to recover $40 million allegedly lost in the collision of the vessel's sister vessel, semi-sub HL vessel Zhen Hua 27 , with bulk carrier Kyla in Brazil in May. The case illustrates how Rule B, part of the US federal rules of civil procedure that apply to admiralty claims, is still a potent tool in its more basic form, despite the fact that wire transfers associated with alleged defaulters can no longer be attached using the provision. Kyla's US lawsuit alleges that the incident was the fault of Zhen Hua 27 and those in charge of the vessel, that the vessel was unseaworthy, and was manned by "persons who were careless, incompetent, and inattentive to their duties". Damage to Kyla , claims from the terminal and from shippers and cargo interests, and other costs have brought

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