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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

  • 26 May 2023: Bank of New Zealand (Security Trustee) v The vessel MY "Island Escape" (No 3) [2023] 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) [2023] 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" [2023] 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

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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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