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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

  • 18 Feb 2021: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v Reed (No 2) [2021] 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 [2021] 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) [2020] 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

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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