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
- 10 May 2022:
Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd v MT "AG Neptune" (No 2)  FCA 533
ADMIRALTY - application to amend orders permitting a vessel to sail from Newcastle to Gladstone whilst under arrest - where vessel unable to safely reach Gladstone whilst remaining within the territorial sea - whether Marshal will retain custody of the vessel - where owners undertake that no point about the validity of the arrest will be taken -…
Judge: Stewart J
- 8 May 2022:
Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd v MT "AG Neptune"  FCA 522
ADMIRALTY - urgent application for orders in respect of a vessel under arrest off Newcastle - where vessel low on gasoil and fuel oil - where, once fuel is depleted, vessel would become a dead ship and thereafter a severe safety hazard - where vessel unlikely to abscond the jurisdiction - orders made permitting ship to sail to Gladstone whilst…
Judge: Stewart J
- 2 May 2022:
Owners of Cargo laden on board the MV "APL England" v CMB Ocean 13 Leasing Company Pte Ltd  FCA 565
REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDINGS - application for approval of class action settlement - where settlement agreement made between subrogated insurers and respondents - where insurers have indemnified group members in respect of the claims sought to be settled - where group members largely unaffected by settlement - where settlement amount constitutes…
Judge: Stewart J
Latest Papers & Publications
- 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.
- 23 Sep 2020:
World in a box: What legal issues might yet need to be resolved and by what mechanism?
Presented by video at the Australian Academy of Law "World in a box" online seminar, by Justice Sarah Derrington.
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.
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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