Lim Bok Lai v Selco (Singapore) Pte Ltd

CourtHigh Court (Singapore)
JudgeLai Kew Chai J
Judgment Date27 August 1987
Neutral Citation[1987] SGHC 35
Citation[1987] SGHC 35
Subject MatterWhether plaintiff allowed to pursue claim in rem,Civil Procedure,Judgments and orders,Admiralty and Shipping,Issue of writs against vessels owned by company,Court's discretion to grant leave for plaintiff to proceed in rem,Whether plaintiff a secured creditor,Admiralty jurisdiction and arrest,Company subsequently wound up,ss 3(1) & 4(4) High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) Act (Cap 123),ss 255(2) & 262(3) Companies Act (Cap 50),Action in rem
Plaintiff CounselRichard Kuek Chong Yeow (Prakash Gurbani & Chong)
Defendant CounselYvonne Tan (Shook Lin & Bok)
Published date19 September 2003
Date27 August 1987
Docket NumberOriginating Summons No 697 of 1986

Cur Adv Vult

By this originating summons the plaintiff, a bunker supplier, is seeking leave to continue and pursue any of the remedies or do any act which he can lawfully pursue in respect of three writs of admiralty in which he is the plaintiff and the defendants were sued as the owners of motor vessels `Salversatile`, `Salvenom` and `Salvail` at the time those writs were filed, notwithstanding that the defendants have been wound up.

His application is made under sub-s (3) of s 262 of the Companies Act(Cap 50) which reads as follows:

When a winding up order has been made or a provisional liquidator has been appointed, no action or proceeding shall be proceeded with or commenced against the company except -

(a) by leave of the Court; and

(b) in accordance with such terms as the Court imposes.

The facts, except in respect of those surrounding a subsidiary issue to which I will revert, are not materially in dispute. The plaintiff says that in the months of September and October 1985 he had at the request of the defendants supplied bunkers at the total price of US$125,052.78 to the vessels known as `Selco Air Manis`, `Salvirile` and `Salviscount`. These vessels are not the subject matter of the in rem proceedings featuring in this case. The plaintiff further says that although these ships were not owned by the defendants, the defendants for their own account and as the principal had ordered and purchased the bunkers which were delivered to the three vessels either owned or bareboat chartered by companies within the well- known but now collapsed group of companies called the Pan-Electric Group and of which the defendants were a member. Accordingly, the plaintiff asserts that the defendants were all material times the person liable in personam within the meaning of s 4(4) of the High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) Act (Cap 123). In other words, the plaintiff says that when he supplied the bunkers to the abovenamed three vessels these vessels were chartered to or in the possession or control of the defendants.

On 3 December 1985, the plaintiff issued three writs in admiralty in rem and they are (1) admiralty in rem No 747 of 1985 against the defendants` ship `Salversatile` for the price of bunkers supplied to `Salviscount`; (2) Admiralty in Rem No 748 of 1985 against the defendants` ship `Salvenom` for the price of the bunkers supplied to `Salvirile`; and (3) Admiralty in Rem No 750 of 1985 against the defendants` ship...

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