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Maritime law

AGS has advised extensively over many years on a wide range of maritime law issues.

This assistance has included work on:

  • the establishment of a national legislative framework for the regulation of commercial vessels
  • the Commonwealth's power to implement or regulate various maritime activities
  • the effect of a range of international treaties relating to maritime activities
  • maritime employment issues
  • the Navigation Act 2012 and maritime security requirements
  • port control
  • crimes at sea
  • arrest and sale of ships
  • salvage and recovery of ships
  • charters, ship management contracts and procurements of vessels
  • marine insurance considerations for Commonwealth agencies
  • a range of maritime safety issues
  • marine environmental issues such as oil spills
  • issues associated with ships held by cultural institutions and shipwrecks
  • carriage of goods by sea
  • an extensive review of the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.

We advised the Department of Infrastructure and Transport on the implementation of the government's program of maritime reform including:

  • advising on and assisting with the rewrite of the Navigation Act 2012
  • the creation of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as the 'single national regulator' in relation to maritime safety
  • reform of the coasting trade provisions in Part VI of the Navigation Act.

  Helen Chisholm Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7588
  Cathy Reid PSM Deputy Chief Counsel Commercial 03 9242 1203
  Rachel Deane Senior Lawyer 02 9581 7464