How are ship arrest proceedings commenced in England?

By the issue of a in rem claim form (a claim against a specific ship) in the Admiralty Court, in accordance with the rules set out in the Supreme Court Act 1981. If security (bail) sufficient to have the ship released is not provided, the court may order the arrest of the ship.

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The Admiralty Court has made an order for the arrest of a ship, now in a UK port, as security for a maritime claim. How is the ship arrested in practice?

What is the purpose of the arrest of a ship?