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
- 18 Feb 2021:
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v Reed (No 2)  FCA 114
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for substituted service pursuant to r 10.49 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - where service not successful on a person in a foreign country - where reasonable attempts have been made to effect personal service - where no reasonable explanation why respondents' foreign lawyers not authorised to accept…
Judge: Stewart J
- 1 Feb 2021:
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v Reed  FCA 51
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to serve originating process on a person in a foreign country pursuant to r 10.43(2) of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - whether the Court has jurisdiction by reason of the claim arising out of an agreement that relates to the carriage of persons by a ship within the meaning of s 4(3)(f) of the Admiralty…
Judge: Stewart J
- 13 Oct 2020:
Bhagwan Marine Pty Ltd v The Ship "Teras Bandicoot" (No 2)  FCA 1481
ADMIRALTY - judicial sale of ship - application for valuation and sale of arrested ship pendente lite - where application is unopposed - where owner of ship does not intend to file a defence - where ship is not crewed and in dead-ship status Held: Application granted
Judge: McKerracher J
Latest Papers & Publications
- 23 Sep 2020:
World in a box: What legal issues might yet need to be resolved and by what mechanism?
Presented by video at the Australian Academy of Law "World in a box" online seminar, by Justice Sarah Derrington.
- 23 Sep 2020:
World in a box: Impact of containerisation on shipping transactions
Presented by video at the Australian Academy of Law "World in a box" online seminar, by Justice Stewart.
- 9 Mar 2020:
The role of courts in supporting arbitration: a review of recent developments in the Asia-Pacific
Presented by video at the 21st International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Justice Stewart.
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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