Ship arrest in Australia – an update

With the Hanjin crisis and resulting scramble for security now settling down, it is timely to review when and how a ship can be arrested in Australia. Australia is an arrest and enforcement-friendly jurisdiction and has the advantage of a dedicated Maritime court. Arresting a ship in Australia is straightforward and can generally be achieved within 24 hours.

Australia is not a party to any arrest conventions, however the Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth) and the Admiralty Rules 1988 (Cth) largely reflect the position under the 1952 Arrest Convention.

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