15 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. 1 (2000)

handle is hein.journals/ausnewma15 and id is 1 raw text is: The F S Dethridge Memorial Address 1999

ADMIRALTY JURISDICTION AND THE
PROTECTION OF SEAFARERS
Hon M EJ Black AC*
INTRO I )uQroN
Some z5 years ago I had the pleasure, both professional and
personal, of being briefed by the late Frank Dethridge. The case
was in the industrial jurisdiction, but it had many of the
characteristics that give maritime law its special attractions. It
concerned a claim for a hard lying allowance by the crew of an oil
tanker, the MVMobilAustralis, who alleged that their sleep was
disturbed by the noisy cavitation of the vessel's pumps during
discharging operations at night. To my considerable delight I
found that the case involved, as well as some interesting questions
of law, inspections at sea, ascents of the vessel's accommodation
ladder, the smell of salt air, the sounds of the ship's machinery,
and  much    more besides. Whilst somewhat removed          from
maritime liens and the ancient jurisdiction of the Admirals, the
case was a memorable introduction to that general area of the law
and to its themes, and not least, of course, because the
instructing solicitor was Frank Dethridge himself. He was, as all
agreed, an outstanding maritime lawyer, and it is a particular
honour to deliver the Address established in his memory.
The topic of this year's F S Dethridge Memorial Address -
Admiralty Jurisdiction and the Protection of Seafarers - has a practical
significance that was demonstrated to the public at large in
Melbourne not so long ago by the widely reported problems
Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. The author acknowledges,
with gratitude, the contribution to the Address made by his associates,
Justine Pila and Margaret Young.

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