Admiralty & Maritime NPA
About this NPA
The Admiralty and Maritime NPA incorporates proceedings that relate to admiralty or maritime disputes including:
- in rem proceedings
- in personam proceedings
- marine insurance
- cargo claims
- other matters including matters relating to the Navigation Act 2012 (Cth) and the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 (Cth).
The Oar Mace of Admiralty
Recent Judgments - Federal Court
- 26 May 2023:
Bank of New Zealand (Security Trustee) v The vessel MY "Island Escape" (No 3)  FCA 541
ADMIRALTY - action in rem under s 16 of the Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth) - claim relating to mortgage of a ship and interest in respect of it under ss 4(2)(a)(iii) and (d) of the Act - no appearance filed by chip or relevant persons - application for summary judgment - ex parte hearing - choice of law - no reasonable possibility of defence to claim -…
Judge: Feutrill J
- 12 May 2023:
Brontes Security LLC v "Lihir Chief" (formerly "Charlie B") (No 2)  FCA 515
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application by non-party to restrain party's solicitors from acting and to set aside earlier orders releasing party from implied undertaking not to disclose information or documents produced under compulsion - where party making application did not produce documents subject of order releasing undertaking - where proceeding …
Judge: Rares J
- 4 May 2023:
Sealanes (1985) Pty Ltd v Vessel MY "Island Escape"  FCA 414
ADMIRALTY - in rem proceedings against defendant ship - general maritime claim - supply of goods or materials to the ship for its operation or maintenance - demise charterer - no appearance entered - no participation in proceedings - summary judgment - default judgment - principles applicable where summary judgment and default judgment both…
Judge: Feutrill J
Latest Papers & Publications
- 28 Jul 2022:
Admiralty and maritime seminar
Updates on UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
- 18 Nov 2021:
Navigating the rough seas of enforcement
AMTAC annual address, by Justice Stewart.
- 1 Sep 2021:
Introductory remarks to MLAANZ marine insurance webinar
Webinar presented by Justice Stewart.
- Central Practice Note (CPN-1)
- Admiralty & Maritime Practice Note (A&M-1)
Form & Rules
The key forms and rules for commencing these proceedings are:
Actions in rem
Actions in personam
Arresting a Vessel
Generally applications for arrest of a vessel are urgent and made to the Duty Registrar in the relevant registry.
Admiralty Marshals are available to arrest a vessel anywhere in Australia at any time on any day of the year.
- Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth)
- Admiralty Rules 1988 (Cth)
The admiralty and maritime work of the Court is not limited to proceedings under the Admiralty Act and Admiralty Rules, see also:More Legislation
- International maritime and trade related organisations
- Maritime law associations
- Maritime security
- News and research
- Organisations - Australia
- Organisations - International
- Ports, port authorities and related government bodies - Australia
- Universities, maritime law centres, education and training
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