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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

  • 14 May 2021: DBCT Management Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Geosea Australia Pty Ltd Joint Venture [2021] FCA 512
    SUBPOENA - Legal Professional Privilege - where documents prepared following cyclone incident - whether the documents were prepared for the dominant purpose of anticipated litigation - whether Legal Professional Privilege attaches to the documents
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 5 May 2021: TWW Yachts Sarl v The Yacht "Loretta" (No 3) [2021] FCA 498
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for joinder of non-party whose cooperation might be required to enforce judgment pursuant to r 9.05(1)(b)(i) Federal Court Rules 2011 - where non-party beneficial owner and in control of seller of yacht located in Hong Kong the subject of orders for specific performance of sale and final judgment entered in…
    Judge: Rares J
  • 22 Apr 2021: ANL Singapore Pte Ltd v Visy Paper Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 439
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for service out of the jurisdiction under r 10.43 of the Federal Court Rules - whether prima facie case for relief against defendants to be served in the Marshall Islands and Hong Kong - service in accordance with the laws of the Marshall Islands or Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial …
    Judge: Rares 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
  • McKerracher J
  • Stewart J
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Urgent Applications