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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

  • 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
  • 17 Oct 2022: Bank of New Zealand (Security Trustee) v The vessel MY "Island Escape" [2022] FCA 1230
    ADMIRALTY -application for judicial sale of ship pendente lite without valuation - luxury cruise vessel - no appearance entered by defendant - appearances filed by caveators against release - orders made for judicial sale with provision for valuation - form of undertaking under r 69 of the Admiralty Rules 1988 (Cth) - method of sale to be…
    Judge: Feutrill J
  • 12 Oct 2022: Carmichael Rail Network Pty Ltd v BBC Chartering Carriers GmbH & Co. KG (The BBC Nile) [2022] FCAFC 171
    SHIPPING AND NAVIGATION - stay of action - anti-suit injunction - where arbitration commenced in London - whether foreign choice of law and jurisdiction clauses in respect of inter-State carriage invalid by s 10(1)(b)(ii) of Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1991 (Cth) (COGSA) - whether carrier's liability lessened contrary to Art 3(8) of Sch 1A to…
    Judge: Rares, Sarah C Derrington and Stewart JJ

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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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