Chapter 83

Tenth Edition (2017)

Beaching of a Ship for Demolition

Once a ships Bill of Entry is filed for demolition the ship is no longer considered as a ship and therefore Admiralty action cannot be initiated. On filing of the Bill of Entry the ship is no longer within the definition of a ship, the nature and category of the res is entirely altered, the court is without jurisdiction as there is no res, the ship has literally ceased to exist from the definition of a ship. A action in rem cannot be maintained in such situation. 
BCAS: 7103-1001