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Maritime law  

‘AGS has demonstrated an admirable capacity to accommodate unusual and pressing demands. Its sensitivity to the peculiar requirements of government legal work is also unrivalled.’ – CLIENT REFERENCE 2012

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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.
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