McCain Produce Inc. v. Visser Potato Ltd.

In Admiralty Practice, Service on (Updated )

This was an ex parte motion by the Plaintiff for judgment in default of defence against the Defendant ship and her owners. The Defendants, including the ship, were apparently served in the Netherlands and a certificate of the Government of the Netherlands was offered in proof of service. Although the certificate did not indicate what was served or where the Prothonotary was prepared to assume the document served was the Statement of Claim. Nevertheless, the Prothonotary denied the motion on the grounds that there is no authority for the service on a ship outside of Canada nor for the service on a ship other than in an action in rem and the action was not styled in rem.