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Tecoil Shipping Ltd v Neptune EHF and Others (The “Poseidon”) (No 2) – QBD (Admlty Ct) (Mr Admiralty Registrar Davison) [2021] EWHC 1582 (Admlty) – 15 June 2021

Admiralty practice – Collision action – Claimant obtaining default judgment in rem – Insurers refusing to comply with letter of undertaking on basis that LOU only responded to in personam judgment – Claimant bringing separate in personam proceedings against owners and insurers – Claimant obtaining default judgment in in personam proceedings – Whether default judgment should be set aside

The claimant was the registered owner of the oil tanker Tecoil Polaris which suffered damage on 18 July 2018 when (being stationary at her berth at Albert Dock in Hull) the vessel Poseidon collided with her. On 28 June 2019 the claimant issued an in rem claim against the owners of Poseidon seeking damages, interest and costs.

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