“Doctrine of in rem liability”

May 23, 2013

  • 16 Admiralty
  • 16II Remedies and Procedure in General
  • 16k28 k. Grounds of Proceeding in Rem.

16 AdmiraltyDoctrine of in rem liability of vessel applies where owner of vessel has entrusted control to a third party, and under this doctrine, charterers, pilots, and stevedores are considered to be in lawful possession, whereas pirates, mutineers, and “like” people are not.
Churchill v. F/V Fjord, 892 F.2d 763 (9th Cir. 1988)