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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

  • 3 Jun 2022: Minister for the Environment v Northern Seafoods Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 656
    ENVIRONMENT LAW - application for declaration as to contravening conduct and pecuniary penalties - where respondent conducted commercial demersal trawl fishing in Multiple Use Zone of Commonwealth Marine Park where such activity is prohibited under s 354(1)(f) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) - multiple…
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 13 May 2022: Maersk A/S v Patti [2022] FCA 663
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to strike out defence - whether respondent entitled to invoke privilege against self-incrimination or self-exposure to a penalty to avoid pleading to statement of claim - where statement of claim makes no direct allegations of criminality or conduct that may sound in a civil penalty - where privileges important …
    Judge: Rares J
  • 10 May 2022: Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd v MT "AG Neptune" (No 2) [2022] FCA 533
    ADMIRALTY - application to amend orders permitting a vessel to sail from Newcastle to Gladstone whilst under arrest - where vessel unable to safely reach Gladstone whilst remaining within the territorial sea - whether Marshal will retain custody of the vessel - where owners undertake that no point about the validity of the arrest will be taken -…
    Judge: Stewart 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
  • Stewart J
NPA Judges

Urgent Applications