139. Civil jurisdiction over merchant ships.

The coastal state should1 not stop or divert a foreign ship passing through the territorial sea2 for the purpose of exercising civil jurisdiction in relation to persons on board the ship3. It may not4 levy execution nor arrest the ship for the purpose of any civil proceedings, save only in respect of obligations or liabilities of the ship itself assumed or incurred in the course of, or for the purpose of, its voyage through the waters of the coastal state