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2nd Master Mariners Australia Biennial Congress  

2nd Master Mariners Australia Biennial Congress

The 2013 Master Mariners Australia Congress in Melbourne brought together national and international shipping representatives, master mariners, regulators and port authorities to address best practice in the port and maritime community.

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Master Mariners Congress 2013 in the News
David Sexton from Lloyd's List Australia provided  coverage of 2013 congress in the weekly newspaper.
Read his coverage of the opening keynote session featuring Capt John Dickie, IFSMA; Gary Prosser, IALA & Andrew Wilson, Federal Dept of Infrastructure and Transport here

Plus, a summary of the presentations by David Shennan, North & Trew Marine Consultancy and Jillian Carson-Jackson, AMSA here




The second biennial congress for the Company of Master Mariners Australia provided a great occasion to bring together national and international industry participants to address best practice in the port and maritime community. Held in conjunction with the Annual General Assembly of the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA), the congress marked a significant step in the profession’s leadership and industry engagement.

From regulation, e-navigation, innovation and strategies to meet future capacity demands, the opening keynote session captured the core themes that were explored, challenged and developed throughout the three day event.

IFSMA’s  Secretary General, Captain Dickie opened the congress by  describing the contemporary master’s role in the industry before Gary Prosser continued with an update of IALA’s work on e-navigation and harmonization.  The significant progress Australia is making in international shipping policy was detailed by Andrew Wilson from the Department of Infrastructure & Transport who discussed the historic revitalisation of the local shipping industry and acknowledged industry’s role and engagement with government. Moving on from policy, Stephen Bradford, CEO, provided a detailed overview of the Port of Melbourne’s Port Capacity Project.  

Safety is an issue industry continues to be passionate about and a number of speakers reinforced the technological and cultural advances contributing to the safe navigation of our waters. With safety comes responsibility and the congress was well balanced in covering a range of case studies from the salvage of the cargo of the CV RENA and a greater awareness of the maritime environment to the importance of the mental health of seafarers.

2013 marked the 75th anniversary of the Company of Master Mariners Australia and it was only fitting that the congress showcased a number of opportunities and exciting industry developments from the Mona Lisa project in Europe to and local training initiatives. The congress also celebrated the current innovation in transhipment, bridge design, simulation and the development of future skill sets.

Social highlights included the CMMA’s 75th anniversary dinner at the Melbourne Aquarium which featured an address by the Hon David Hodgett  MP, the Victorian Minister for Ports Minister and the popular exhibition networking drinks, sponsored by Klein Systems.  

We would like to thank all our speakers, supporters and attendees of the congress for contributing to honest and thought-provoking discussions and look forward to seeing you at the next congress in 2015!

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Reasons why attendees enjoyed the 2013 CMMA Congress in Melbourne included:
  • The excellent range of interesting topics and speakers presented” Senior Transport Investigator, ATSB
  • Good networking opportunities” Managing Director, CSMART, The Netherlands
  • “This was my first CMMA conference & I found it to be very informative & beneficial. The networking with other professional mariners provided a much welcome opportunity too Captain, Retyce Marine Services
  • Informative, good networking and good information on new regulatory scene. New to the country, so an excellent means of meeting key players and reviewing rules and regulations” Fleet Operations Manager, Svitzer
  • “It addressed common concerns of all in the industry and highlighted new developments and progress in overcoming some of these concerns”  Secretary, Company of Master Mariners Canada
  • Provoking presentations. Excellent quality of information Manager Ship Safety, AMSA
  • The variety of the papers presented and the knowledge of the speakers & audience” Secretary General, IFSMA


Comments on the inaugural CMMA Congress in Fremantle in 2011 included:

  • “Addressed important industry related issues – great networking opportunities” Harbourmaster, Albany Port Authority
  • “Great speakers & topics. Broad range of delegates with good representation/cross section of the maritime industry” Executive Director, Australian Shipowners Association
  • “Great company of peers & the high quality of the presentations” Manager Ship Safety, AMSA




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