Antarctic and Southern Ocean partners
Australian Maritime College (AMC)
As Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC) sits amongst the top 10 maritime training institutions in the world and attracts an international and national student cohort.
AMC is a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia’s fourth oldest university, and was one of seven founding members of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), which represents five continents. AMC offers qualifications in the fields of maritime engineering; marine conservation and resource sustainability; coastal and international seafaring; and maritime business and logistics management.
AMC is located across three purpose-built campuses in Australia’s southern-most state, Tasmania. At the heart of its strength lies a suite of state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including a fleet of training vessels; ship simulators; engineering workshops; firefighting, survival and damage control facilities; as well as the unique cluster of hydrodynamic facilities that include a towing tank, model test basin, circulating water channel and a cavitation research laboratory. Many of these facilities are also used commercially by maritime, marine and allied organisations – cementing AMC’s close links with industry. This means that students and graduates are able to access work experience and possible employment opportunities with these organisations.
CBG Systems Pty. Ltd.
CBG Systems is an Australian company specialising in the design, development, supply and installation of fire, thermal and acoustic insulation systems for a range of marine, industrial, commercial and defence projects.
For more than 30 years, we have been a leading innovator, setting the benchmark in the marine insulation and lightweight passive fire protection industry.
Our products and services are designed to save lives and property whilst fostering efficiencies.
CBG Systems has extensive experience in managing projects around the globe. Our ability to deliver against project milestones is supported by one of the largest permanent work forces in the insulation industry, as well as a network of national and international expert contractors.
CBG Systems' core strength is our ability to combine conceptual understanding of critical project elements and translate them into practical solutions that work.
Our main competencies are:
Marine Fire Divisions
- Expert assistance and advice in the design and installation of fire divisions;
- Access to an extensive knowledge database on insulation issues associated with critical areas such as engine rooms, vehicle decks, bulkheads, deckheads and penetrations;
- Whole of life vessel support and maintenance arrangements for fire divisions;
- Supply and installation of other fire boundary devices such as doors, dampers and removable insulation jackets;
- Supply and installation of high temperature exhaust insulation systems to classification society standards;
- Supply and installation of profile wrap fire divisions;
- Design and installation of modular panel systems;
- Active research and development programs;
- Extensive experience within conventional marine and high-speed craft industry developing insulation solutions for structural fire protection to meet stringent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and military standards;
- Major project experience with knowledge developed through installation of systems across more than 100 new built vessels; and
- Management of large remote teams with experience in deployment of personnel internationally and nationally.
- Installation of thermal insulation and cladding to high and low temperature piping;
- Installation of Standing Seam Panel tank insulation systems;
- Installing insulation to containment vessels and exhaust systems;
- Plant shut-down assistance;
- Maintenance of insulated plant and equipment;
- Acoustic insulation solutions;
- Passive fire protection to commercial buildings;
- Light gauge metal fabrication; and
- HVAC ducting and extraction systems.
Engineers Australia (Tasmania Division)
Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.
Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Engineers Australia Tasmania Division is based in Hobart and has approximately 1300 members statewide. The Tasmania Division advocates for the recognition of the role Engineering plays in the Tasmanian economy and community and provides opportunities to advance knowledge to the benefit of the state
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), established in 2010, comprises the University of Tasmania's internationally recognised expertise across the full spectrum of temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic research and education.
The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products
The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products to the marine, aquaculture, mining, civil construction, industrial services and agriculture sectors. PFG also owns and operates Prairie Signs, Tasmania’s only statewide graphics company.
PFG currently has three factories in Tasmania and two in South Australia and we distribute products and services globally. Our head office is located on the waterfront in Goodwood and with factory/warehouse infrastructure exceeding 12,000 square metres, we have the facilities and logistical expertise to service the local Tasmania market while further expanding our national and international opportunities. PFG employ approximately 50 staff across all sites.
Tasmania Maritime Network
The Tasmania Maritime Network comprises the heart of the maritime industry, boasting innovative and world leading companies with leading edge products, technology and services, supported by highly adaptive and skilled workforces.
Tasmanian Polar Network (TPN)
The Tasmanian Polar Network (the TPN) is a group of businesses and scientific organisations, based in Tasmania Australia, serving commercial and scientific activity in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
The TPN is supported by the Tasmanian State Government through Antarctic Tasmania in the Department of State Growth.
The organisations that make up the TPN are all uniquely positioned through their geographical location, expertise and resources to serve the broadest possible range of activities in the region. We are based in Australia's most southern city - Hobart, and enjoy one of the world's deepest and best served commercial ports.
Tasmania and its capital Hobart have a long and proud history of serving commercial and scientific activity in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Through our member organisations the TPN has long provided leadership and a unified voice for these endeavours, and looks forward to serving all those who wish to participate in scientific and economic activity within the region long into the future.
Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Tasports is a State-Owned Company responsible for 11 of Tasmania's key ports. Our purpose is to facilitate trade for the benefit of Tasmania with a focus on customers as business drivers.
Tasports formed on 1 January 2006 following the merger of the Hobart, Devonport, Burnie and Launceston port corporations. The statewide organization was established to improve logistics solutions and rationalise resources to deliver a more efficient and consistent service to customers.
Tasport's main services include pilotage, security, navigation, port control, and emergency response. Tasports also provides cold storage and warehousing, quarantine services, along with towage, salvage and floating plant for marine engineering, construction and coastal haulage.
Not restricted to seaports, Tasports also operates the Devonport Airport as well as the Burnie and Bell Bay woodchip loader infrastructure.
In recent years Tasports has worked to prioritise investment in our ports. Tasports has developed port precinct and land use strategies that support a long term vision of port use. Tasports is cognisant of both commercial and community uses of ports and has therefore developed a four year plan to re-invest in high use community assets around the state.
Taylor Bros has become a specialist in outfit-accommodation services to the marine industry, building a formidable reputation as well as an enviable order book over recent years.
The Hobart-based business has undertaken major contracts for the Australian and New Zealand navies, the offshore oil and gas industry and Antarctic expeditioners, among others.
Established in 1936, Taylor Bros originally built timber yachts and small coastal and river craft. It now operates as a diversified 21st century engineering company with a highly skilled workforce delivering fabrication, electrical and mechanical services to clients throughout Australia and also overseas. The company utilises a Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001:2008.
A Truth and Reconciliation Art Park addressing Tasmania's greatest tragedy — the 30-year war between British invaders and Aboriginals; and its aftermath — is the centrepiece of a comprehensive proposal by MONA for Macquarie Point.
12 December 2016, Edition 179
Incat snares big Maltese order
Incat announced a new order in October from Virtu Ferries of Malta to design and build a 110-metre high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry. Chairman Robert Clifford said: "Virtu Ferries is amongst the oldest, most respected and most discerning fast-ferry operators in the world. They operate a variety of services throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic, and this vessel is intended for their year-round lifeline service between Malta and the European Union." The new catamaran will be the largest high-speed ferry in the Mediterranean. It will have a service speed up to 38 knots and will complete its regular journey from Malta to Sicily in around 90 minutes. Construction will commence in early 2017, with delivery scheduled at the end of 2018. Incat has a 500-strong workforce at its Hobart shipyard, with capacity to deliver two large ships a year. Virtu owner Francis Portelli said: “We simply want to provide our passengers and freight operators with the highest levels of service, reliability and comfort, yet at the same time operate an economical and environmentally sustainable high-speed service."
3 November 2016, Tasmania's Stories Edition 177
Hobart wins major polar meetings
Hobart has won the right to host two major Antarctic conferences in 2020: the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Delegates’ Meeting and Open Science Conference plus the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs annual general meeting. Business Events Tasmania's Stuart Nettlefold said: “The meetings alone will generate more than $6.4 million for the Tasmanian economy ... running over two weeks and bringing more than 850 delegates from over 40 countries to the State. But the positive impacts go way beyond the immediate economic benefits. They provide Tasmania with a wonderful opportunity to showcase what the State has to offer on the international stage." Hobart has also secured an imposing list of major business conferences this year and Launceston has also been gaining momentum as an event city, Mr Nettlefold said.
4 October 2016, Edition 176
Tourism business Chimu Adventures is offering a four-day tour from Sydney to coincide with Tasmania's first Antarctic Festival.
2 August 2016, Edition 174
The Australian Government is to spend $255 million on its Antarctic programs over the next decade and will fund a National Climate Research Centre in Hobart.
3 May 2016, Edition 171
Brain storming for Antarctica
Antarctic guru Denzil Miller will spend 11 days this month brain storming on the future of the icy continent while cruising from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Antarctic Peninsula with a hand-picked party of his peers from many nations. Dr Miller, who heads up Antarctic Tasmania in Hobart and served for many years as Director of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Antarctic Resources, was thrilled to be invited to join what amounted to a world summit. "There are issues that need to be confronted on the future of the Antarctic Treaty and the people booked on the Akademik Ioffe have a formidable array of skill and experience for this task," Dr Miller said. "As well as looking to the future, we will enjoy the present with opportunities for land visits to the peninsula as well as Curverville, Petermann and South Shetland islands. I thought I had made my last visit to Antarctica and I'm delighted to have been given an opportunity like this."
1 March 2016, Tasmania's Stories Edition 169
Antarctic blast strands icebreaker
Hobart-based icebreaker Aurora Australis was driven on to rocks near Mawson Station while on a mission in February to resupply the Antarctic outpost. The Australian Antarctic Division said the ship had broken free of its mooring lines during a fierce blizzard on 24 February. The 67 expeditioners and crew escaped injury, but the ship's hull was damaged on the rocky shore. The ship was refloated two days after the incident and most of the personnel are likely to be evacuated by a Japanese ice-breaker. On charter from P&O Maritime Services, Aurora Australis made its first Antarctic voyage in 1989 and is due to be replaced by a new $500 million icebreaker in 2019.
1 March 2016, Tasmania's Stories Edition 169
PM unveils new ice-breaker
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, released details of Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker in October during his first visit to Tasmania since taking over the national leadership. Speaking in Hobart, Mr Turnbull said the sophisticated ship, believed to carry a $500 million price tag, would offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. The new ship will be faster, larger and stronger than the ageing Aurora Australis and will be capable of longer voyages. The unnamed ship will be built by icebreaker specialists in the northern hemisphere, but a shipyard has not yet been named.
3 November 2015, Edition 166
Hobart plans polar party
A new five-day festival, Spring THAW (The Hobart Antarctic Week) will be launched in September 2016 to celebrate Tasmania's Antarctic connections. Initiated by the not-for-profit Mawson’s Hut Foundation, the biennial event will feature photographic and art competitions, an open day on the Aurora Australis and science-linked events aimed at drawing interstate and international audiences. The Hobart City Council approved THAW in September.
7 October 2015, Edition 165
Tasmania’s brand is on the rise in China, the leader of Tasmania’s largest trade mission to our biggest export customer said in September.
6 October 2015, Edition 165