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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

  • 8 Sep 2023: Poralu Marine Australia Pty Ltd v MV Dijksgracht [2023] FCAFC 147
    CONTRACTS - contract of carriage of goods by sea - formation - whether contract was concluded by way of fixture recap email - construction of recap emails - where recap provided that terms were otherwise as per carrier's standard form booking note and bill of lading including rider clauses but with English law and London arbitration - whether…
    Judge: Rares, Sarah C Derrington and Feutrill JJ
  • 4 Sep 2023: Delta Corp Ship Management DMCCO v The Ship "Caledonian Sky" [2023] FCA 1058
    ADMIRALTY - application by plaintiff to Registrar for release of vessel under arrest - caveats against release previously filed - whether vessel should be released from arrest - role of caveats against release - whether release should be delayed to protect interest of caveator - release of vessel ordered
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 4 Aug 2023: GeelongPort Pty Limited v The Ship "Voyager P" [2023] FCA 918
    ADMIRALTY - application for judicial sale of ship pendente lite - application for order to move ship under arrest - ship abandoned - orders made
    Judge: O'Callaghan J

Latest Papers & Publications

Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing these proceedings are:

Actions in rem


Actions in personam


Arresting a Vessel

Admiralty Marshals are available to arrest a vessel anywhere in Australia at any time on any day of the year.

This section details how to contact the registry and make an application for an arrest.


The admiralty and maritime work of the Court is not limited to proceedings under the Admiralty Act and Admiralty Rules, see also:

More Legislation


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