Island Tug & Barge Ltd. v. The “99 Haedong Star”

In Admiralty Practice, Discovery on (Updated )

This case once again illustrates the dangers of failing to comply with court orders. The Prothonotary had ordered that the Defendants provide the Plaintiff with originals of various documents and that the Plaintiff’s surveyor be allowed to inspect the defendant vessel. The Defendants failed to provide all of the documents required and failed to allow the Plaintiff’s surveyor to conduct the required inspection. As a consequence, the Defendants were found in contempt. The corporate Defendants were fined $25,000.00 and the Master of the defendant ship was fined $5,000.00.