The Duzgit Integrity Arbitration (Malta v. São Tomé and Príncipe)

On 22 October 2013, the Republic of Malta (“Malta”) instituted arbitral proceedings against the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe (“São Tomé and Príncipe”) under Article 287 and Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the “Convention”), in respect of a dispute concerning the vessel Duzgit Integrity.  The Permanent Court of Arbitration acts as Registry in this arbitration.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) Malta (State)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) São Tomé and Príncipe (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2014-07
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Law of the sea
Procedural rules Ad Hoc Rules of Procedure
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

Multilateral treaty

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Netherlands
Arbitrator(s), Conciliator(s), Other Neutral(s)
Professor Alfred H.A. Soons (President)
Judge James L. Kateka
Professor Tullio Treves
By agreement between the Parties, Article 3 of Annex VII to the Convention applies mutatis mutandis to the constitution of the three-member Arbitral Tribunal.
Representatives of the Claimant(s)
Agent and Counsel
Mr. Ramón García-Gallardo
King & Wood Mallesons LLP, Brussels, Belgium
Representatives of the Respondent(s)
His Excellency Manuel Salvador dos Ramos
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cooperation and Communities
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
His Exellency Américo Afonso Lima Viegas
Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Embassy of São Tomé and Príncipe in Brussels, Belgium
Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 22 October 2013
Date of issue of final award 18 December 2019
Length of Proceedings More than 4 years
Additional notes -


Award or other decision
Dissenting Opinion of Judge Kateka
Award on Reparation
Dissenting Opinion of Judge Kateka
Press Release
Press Release dated 2 March 2016
Communiqué de presse du 2 mars 2016
Press Release dated 12 September 2016
Communiqué de presse du 12 septembre 2016
Press Release dated 20 December 2019