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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

  • 27 Feb 2023: Dan-Bunkering (Singapore) Pte Ltd v The Ship Yangtze Fortune (No 2) [2023] FCA 148
    ADMIRALTY - where orders made for judicial sale of a ship pendente lite by closed tender process - where Admiralty Marshal accepted tender of highest bidder - where highest bidder defaulted on contractual obligations - directions sought as to termination of contract and acceptance of second-highest bid
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 20 Feb 2023: Ixom Operations Pty Ltd v Blue One Shipping SA [2023] FCAFC 25
    ESTOPPEL - where extension of time limitation to sue on contract evidenced by bill of lading granted by "owners" of vessel - where "owners" can refer to registered owners or demise charterers (ie, disponent owners) - where the proper defendant was the demise charterer - where primary judge found that both the registered owner and demise charterer…
    Judge: Rares, Sarah C Derrington and Stewart JJ
  • 20 Dec 2022: Dan-Bunkering (Singapore) Pte Ltd v The Ship Yangtze Fortune [2022] FCA 1556
    ADMIRALTY - application for judicial sale of ship pendente lite - relevant considerations - where crew members have been on board at anchorage for three months with wages unpaid for at least six weeks - where owner not provisioning ship - where shipowner has not defended the proceeding or opposed the sale - where ship appears to be abandoned -…
    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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