In a ruling on 2.10.08, the New York court in the case of Kalafrana Shipping Ltd v Sea Gull Shipping Co Ltd has concluded that a claim for breach of an MoA is sufficiently maritime and has a "distinctly salty flavour", such that there is no justification for excluding sale contracts from Admiralty Rule B jurisdiction. It was a feature of that case that part of the claim related to ship repair costs as well, but the Judge appears to make it clear that he would have allowed the relief regardless of that. The decision remains subject to appeal, but this is a notable development.