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
- 27 Sep 2019:
Wyzenbeek v Australasian Marine Imports Pty Ltd (in Liq)  FCAFC 167
CONSUMER LAW - misleading or deceptive conduct contrary to s 52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) - misleading representation that yacht would be suitable for ocean voyages - where yacht not constructed to be capable of ocean voyages DAMAGES - causation - assessment of loss and damage - construction of "loss or damage" under s 4K of Trade…
Judge: Rares, Burley and Anastassiou JJ
- 4 Sep 2019:
Motor Yacht Sales Australia Pty Limited v Megisti Yacht Charters Limited  FCA 1454
ADMIRALTY - caveat under s 47A of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 (Cth) - respondents summoned under s 47B to show cause why the caveat should not be removed - onus on the caveator to justify the caveat - no serious question to be tried - balance of convenience favours removal of the caveat - declaration that the caveat should be removed and…
Judge: Stewart J
- 29 Aug 2019:
Yacht Club Sopot SP. Z.O.O. v The Yacht "Monster Project" (No. 2)  FCA 1425
ADMIRALTY - arrest of ship - where defendant seeks to submit to orders of the Court - application to dispense with compliance with timing requirement under r 12.01 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - application granted
Judge: Stewart J
Latest Papers & Publications
- 30 Sep 2019:
Charting a new course - Promoting the development of an international convention on liability and compensation relating to transboundary damage from offshore oil and gas activities
Presented at the CMI conference, Mexico, by Justice Rares
- 12 Sep 2019:
Writ or Wrong? Protecting against a change of ownership before the vessel is arrested
Delivered at the 46th National Conference of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) by Justice Stewart, Auckland.
- 24 Jul 2019:
Salvage learnings from the Thor Commander
Delivered at the MLAANZ / Federal Court of Australia Lunchtime Lecture by Justice Stewart, Sydney.
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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