Arrest of the MV E Whale

The ship was arrested in the Port of Cape Town in early May 2012 to serve as security for arbitration proceedings in London.

Due to the size of the ship, coupled with the fact that the harbour master did not want an arrested vessel along the quayside, the vessel was sent to anchorage in Table Bay and her papers were confiscated by the sheriff of the court. The vessel has remained in the roadstead, barring her occasional forays into port to take on bunkers and provisions, and to effect crew changes.

We have been (and continue) assisting the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in ensuring that the master, officers and crew’s rights are upheld by the ship owner.

For example, in negotiating and facilitating that the allotments are paid to the families of the crew in India and Pakistan, that the vessel has sufficient bunkers are kept on board to ensure the safety of the crew and the vessel, as well as monitoring the supply of provisions to the vessel from time to time.

The vessel has remained under arrest since May 2012 (almost a year now) and an application for her sale by judicial auction has been instituted by a commercial creditor. We are advising the master, officers and crew on procedures relating to the enforcement of their claims, repatriation and the like.

En route by launch to the “E Whale” lying off port limits

Alan Goldberg explaining to the crew the admiralty auction process

ITF inspector, Cassiem Augustus and Alan Goldberg in consultation on the vessel

M.V. “E Whale” alongside Landing Wall, Port of Cape Town, during a call to replenish bunkers

Funnel marking of the “E Whale”

The “E Whale” anchored in the “roads” in Table Bay

Inspection of the vessel, in conjunction with the ITF inspector, Cassiem Augustus

Table Mountain and the Mother City of Cape Town seen from a different angle from the “E Whale”

The deck the “E-Whale”

The inspection team

Departing from the “E-Whale”

On our way…