(1) In this Act,-
(a) "admiralty jurisdiction" means the jurisdiction exercisable by a High Court under section 3, in respect of maritime claims specified under this Act;
(b) "admiralty proceeding" means any proceeding before a High Court, exercising admiralty jurisdiction;
(c) "arrest" means detention or restriction for removal of a vessel by order of a High Court to secure a maritime claim including seizure of a vessel in execution or satisfaction of a judgment or order;
(d) "goods" means any property including live animals, containers, pallets or such other articles of transport or packaging or luggage irrespective of the fact whether such property is carried, on or under the deck of a vessel;
(e) "High Court", in relation to an admiralty proceeding, means any of the High Court of Calcutta, High Court of Bombay, High Court of Madras, High Court of Karnataka, High Court of Gujarat, High Court of Orissa, High Court of Kerala, High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh or any other High Court, as may be notified by the Central Government for the purposes of this Act;
(f) "maritime claim" means a claim referred to in section 4;
(g) "maritime lien" means a maritime claim against the owner, demise charterer, manager or operator of the vessel referred to in clauses (a) to (e)of sub-section (1) of section 9, which shall continue to exist under sub-section (2) of that section;
(h) "notification" means a notification published in the Official Gazette;
(i) "port" shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the Indian Ports Act, 1908 (15 of 1908);
(j) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made by the Central Government under this Act;
(k) "territorial waters" shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the Territorial Waters, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and Other Maritime Zones Act, 1976 (80 of 1976); and
(l) "vessel" includes any ship, boat, sailing vessel or other description of vessel used or constructed for use in navigation by water, whether it is propelled or not, and includes a barge, lighter or other floating vessel, a hovercraft, an off-shore industry mobile unit, a vessel that has sunk or is stranded or abandoned and the remains of such a vessel.
Explanation.-A vessel shall not be deemed to be a vessel for the purposes of this clause, when it is broken up to such an extent that it cannot be put into use for navigation, as certified by a surveyor.
(2) The words and expressions used herein but not defined and defined in the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958) shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.