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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

  • 16 Jul 2021: DBCT Management Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Geosea Australia Pty Ltd Joint Venture (No 2) [2021] FCA 810
    COSTS - reasonable costs of compliance with subpoena under r 24.22 of Federal Court Rules - where claim for legal professional privilege upheld - indemnity costs - no departure from ordinary rule - costs awarded on party and party basis
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 28 Jun 2021: Tregidga v Pasma Holdings Pty Limited [2021] FCA 721
    ADMIRALTY - where applicants made claim for damages against maritime electrical contractor arising from fire on board vessel - whether there was a breach of contract or breach of statutory guarantee or negligence with regard to the fire - whether respondent was liable for damage caused to vessel - whether applicants were owners of the vessel at…
    Judge: Reeves J
  • 18 Jun 2021: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v Browitt [2021] FCA 653
    PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW - anti-suit injunction - whether proceeding against the first applicant in Florida is in breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause - whether the first applicant is a party to or has rights under the exclusive jurisdiction clause - whether the second applicant can enforce the exclusive jurisdiction clause with respect to…
    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
  • McKerracher J
  • Stewart J
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Urgent Applications