244. Ships used for commercial purposes.

244.     Ships used for commercial purposes.

In the case of Admiralty proceedings and proceedings on any claim which could be made the subject of Admiralty proceedings1, a state2 is not immune from:


    (1)     an action in rem against a ship3 belonging to that state4; or


    (2)     an action in personam for enforcing a claim in connection with such a ship5,

if, when the cause of action arose, the ship was in use or intended for use for commercial purposes.

A state is not immune from:

(a)     an action in