Navi Mont Inc. v. Rigel Shipping Canada Inc.

In Admiralty Practice, Injunctions on (Updated )

This was an application for an interlocutory injunction directing the Defendant to continue to operate various ships in accordance with a contract of affreightment. The underlying issue in the action was whether one of the Plaintiffs was entitled to assign its interest in the contract of affreightment to the other Plaintiff that was specifically created for that purpose. The Court referred to the three stage test for granting an injunction: that there be a serious question to be tried; that the applicant would suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is refused; and, that the balance of convenience favours granting the injunction. Although the Court held that there was a serious question to be tried concerning the assignment, it was not satisfied that any harm suffered by the Plaintiffs could not be adequately compensated by an award of damages. In the result, therefore , the injunction was refused.