Labki Finance Inc. v. Glovertown Shipyards Limited

In Admiralty Practice, Stays of Proceedings on (Updated )

The underlying proceedings in this matter were commenced in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland by the defendant shipbuilder for an order requiring the owner of the vessel to remove the vessel from its shipyard and for storage fees of $1,000 per day. A second proceeding had also been commenced by the mortgagee of the vessel in Federal Court in which the mortgagee obtained judgment. The mortgagee brought this application in the Newfoundland proceedings for an order staying the proceedings. The application was refused. In reaching its conclusion the Court reviewed the authorities peculiar to the admiralty jurisdiction of the Newfoundland Supreme Court and concluded that the Newfoundland Supreme Court had concurrent admiralty jurisdiction with the Federal Court. The Court then questioned, without deciding, whether the Federal Court would have the jurisdiction to grant the relief sought in the Newfoundland proceedings. In any event, the Court held that the applicant had not established that the Federal Court was necessarily the more appropriate forum. The Court further found that there was little likelihood of conflicting orders affecting the vessel.