The Indian Courts vested with Admiralty jurisdiction are the Bombay High Court; Calcutta High Court; Madras High Court; Gujarat High Court; Odisha High Court; Telangana High Court; Andhra Pradesh High Court; Kerala High Court and Karnataka High Court. At the time when Admiralty suit is filed the vessel should be within the state territorial waters. The Admiralty jurisdiction of each of these courts is concurrent and territorially extends over the coast line of India.
The jurisdiction in respect of all maritime claims is vested with the Indian Courts having Admiralty jurisdiction. The Admiralty jurisdiction of each of these courts is concurrent and territorially extends over the coast line of India and is exercisable over the waters up to and including the territorial waters of their respective state jurisdictions provided that the Central Government may, by notification, extend the jurisdiction of the High Court up to the limit as defined in section 2 of the Territorial Waters, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and Other Maritime Zones Act, 1976 (80 of 1976).
SHIP ARREST IN INDIA
ADMIRALTY LAWS OF INDIA
Dr. Shrikant Pareshnath Hathi and Ms. Binita Hathi,
Partners, Brus Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors
Fourteenth Edition (2021)