Alpha Trading v. Sarah Desgagnés (Ship)

In Admiralty Practice, Appeals on (Updated )

In this matter the respondent had obtained an anti-suit injunction and an order requiring the appellant to release the defendant ship from arrest in proceedings in Belgium. The appellant sought a stay of the order pending the hearing of the appeal. The application was granted. The Court noted that the test for granting a stay required: that there is a serious question to be decided on appeal (a relatively easy condition to satisfy); refusing the stay is likely to cause irreparable harm; and, the balance of convenience favours granting the stay. The fact that the release of the vessel from arrest would result in the loss of the appellant’s security was a paramount consideration. A request by the respondent for counter-security was also refused on the grounds that there was no basis for such a condition in the circumstances.