Maritime 2014: Ship to Shore
More than 400 delegates attended the conference, where International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu delivered the keynote address, reflecting on the past achievements and future challenges of the IMO.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss addressed the conference, announcing the appointment of Stuart Richey to the position of AMSA Board Chairman on 21 November.
Mr Truss said the Australian government was committed to working with maritime industries to foster strong and safe growth.
Eighteen exhibitors attended the conference, giving conference delegates the latest insight into maritime technology, products, services and training.
The Australian Maritime College was the platinum sponsor of Maritime 2014, with Australian Maritime Systems, Riverside Marine, Maritime Employees Training and Briar Maritime gold sponsors, and International Maritime Services, Ausmarine and the Oil Response Company of Australia Pty Ltd proudly supporting the conference.
Panel discussions provided a forum for honest and frank debate about issues for both the shipping industry and domestic commercial vessel operators.
The conference also witnessed the creation of a painting of a seafarer by multi-award winning artist Evert Ploeg as part of the Blue Angel project, which aims to highlight the importance of seafarer welfare to the broader Australian community.
The conference dinner was well attended by delegates, with outgoing AMSA Chairman Leo Zussino reflecting on his tenure, which began in 2008.