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
- 16 Jul 2021:
DBCT Management Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Geosea Australia Pty Ltd Joint Venture (No 2)  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  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  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
Latest Papers & Publications
- 23 Sep 2020:
World in a box: What legal issues might yet need to be resolved and by what mechanism?
Presented by video at the Australian Academy of Law "World in a box" online seminar, by Justice Sarah Derrington.
- 23 Sep 2020:
World in a box: Impact of containerisation on shipping transactions
Presented by video at the Australian Academy of Law "World in a box" online seminar, 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.
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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