About this NPA
The Admiralty and Maritime NPA incorporates proceedings that relate to admiralty or maritime disputes including:
- in rem proceedings
- in personam proceedings
- marine insurance
- cargo claims
- other matters including matters relating to the Navigation Act 2012 (Cth) and the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 (Cth).
The Oar Mace of Admiralty
Recent Judgments - Federal Court
- 19 Mar 2020:
Neptune Hospitality Pty Ltd v Ozmen Entertainment Pty Ltd  FCAFC 47
ADMIRALTY - demise charter - construction - whether demise charter validly terminated - where demise charter for the purpose of joint venture agreement - where joint venture agreement validly terminated CONTRACTS - express duties of good faith and cooperation - whether breach of these duties precluded a party from issuing a notice to remedy breach …
Judge: McKerracher, Markovic and Anastassiou JJ
- 9 Mar 2020:
Guardian Offshore AU Pty Ltd v Saab Seaeye Leopard 1702 Remotely Operated Vehicle Lately On Board The Ship 'Offshore Guardian'  FCA 273
ADMIRALTY - application to dismiss proceedings for want of jurisdiction and for arrest to be set aside - where warrant issued for arrest of remote operated vehicle - whether arrested ROV is the ship named in arrest warrant - whether defendant was at all material times the true owner of arrested ROV - whether the ROV is a ship under definition in s …
Judge: Colvin J
- 14 Feb 2020:
Ozmen Entertainment Group Pty Ltd v Neptune Hospitality Pty Ltd (No 6)  FCA 288
Judge: Rares J
Latest Papers & Publications
- 9 Mar 2020:
The role of courts in supporting arbitration: a review of recent developments in the Asia-Pacific
Presented by video at the 21st International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Justice Stewart.
- 24 Oct 2019:
The fluctuating incidence of the burden of proof under the Hague-Visby Rules: the implications of Volcafe v CSAV  AC 358 for the position in Australia
Delivered as the 2019 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture by Justice Stewart, Brisbane.
- 30 Sep 2019:
Charting a new course - Promoting the development of an international convention on liability and compensation relating to transboundary damage from offshore oil and gas activities
Presented at the CMI conference, Mexico, by Justice Rares
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
- International maritime and trade related organisations
- Maritime law associations
- Maritime security
- News and research
- Organisations - Australia
- Organisations - International
- Ports, port authorities and related government bodies - Australia
- Universities, maritime law centres, education and training
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