The Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland v. The "Nel"

In Admiralty Practice, Judicial Sales on (Updated )

This was an application by the mortgagee of the Defendant vessel for Court approval of a private sale. The mortgage covered four vessels and was outstanding in the amount of US$12 million. All of the vessels were in various stages of sale proceedings and it appeared likely that there would be a deficiency under the mortgage even after all the vessels were sold. The Court noted that a sale pendente lite could be ordered "for good reason". The Court found good reason in the fact that the "Nel" was loaded with sulfur, a cargo that is notorious for causing corrosion damage. The Court therefore approved the sale.