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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

  • 12 Apr 2017: Suk v Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd [2017] FCA 404
    BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY - Admiralty - Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008 (Cth) - Recognition of foreign main proceeding and foreign representative - foreign proceeding terminated - failure to notify Court of termination of foreign proceeding - continued contravention of Model Law - orders made restraining disposal or transfer of Australian assets…
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 7 Dec 2016: BY Winddown, Inc v Vautin [2016] FCAFC 168
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - interlocutory application for leave to appeal - no sufficient doubt in correctness of primary judge's judgment - no substantial injustice - proper construction of Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) concerning joinder of parties and service abroad Held: - application dismissed.
    Judge: Besanko, Middleton and Griffiths JJ
  • 29 Nov 2016: Wilmington Trust Company (Trustee) v The Ship "Houston" [2016] FCA 1349
    ADMIRALTY - the plaintiffs claimed delivery up of a ship and damages for conversion and/or detinue - whether the claims were proprietary maritime claims within s 16 of the Admiralty Act.
    Judge: Siopis J

Latest Papers & Publications

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


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