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Published: 19 May 2020


M.V. “SOPHIA Z” – HCAJ 118 of 2015

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Calm Ocean Shipping SA as Owner of the ship "SOPHIA Z" (the “Owner”) has issued High Court proceedings Admiralty Action 118 / 2015 in the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR, PR China (the "Action") concerning a cargo of 15,559 steel billets (the “Cargo”) carried from China to Algeria under bill of lading LD001002 dated China, 24 July 2015 (the “Bill of Lading”) that was abandoned on board by the Shipper and/or intended Receiver.

2. The Owner subsequently sold the Cargo in Italy by auction under its rights under the Bill of Lading and an Order of the Italian Court. After deduction of costs and expenses, and payment of certain funds into the Italian Court, the Owner retains the balance of the sale proceeds.

3. The Owner claims relief in the Action including to declarations that (a) the Shipper and/or intended Receiver wrongfully abandoned the Cargo, (b) the Owner has discharged its obligations as Owner / Carrier under the Bill of Lading, (c) the Owner was entitled to sell the Cargo and deduct its expenses from the sale proceeds.

4. TAKE NOTICE that the High Court has made an Order that the proceedings shall continue against (in addition to the Shipper and intended Receiver) “Person(s) Unknown” having any potential claim against the Owner under the Bill of Lading or in respect of any of the Cargo. ANY PARTY claiming such interest in the carriage or the Cargo or wishing to participate in the Action to support or oppose the relief claimed by the Owner should contact the Owner’s solicitors to obtain a copy of the Writ and an Acknowledgement of Service form at the following details.

Lau, Horton & Wise LLP
8/F, Nexxus Building
41 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 2533 7878
Fax: 2533 7887