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About this NPA

The Admiralty and Maritime NPA incorporates proceedings that relate to admiralty or maritime disputes including:

Oar Mace 
The Oar Mace of Admiralty 

Latest Judgments

Recent Judgments - Federal Court

  • 10 May 2022: Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd v MT "AG Neptune" (No 2) [2022] 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" [2022] 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 [2022] 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

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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:

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NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Rares J
  • Stewart J
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