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.
We are a local company specialising in Composite product primarily incorporating fibreglass. We also manufacture a range of slideon campers and caravans under the brand Islander Campers
Penguin Composites is a Tasmanian-owned private company operating on the North West Coast of Tasmania (Australia) since 1976.
We employ an average of 40 fulltime staff, with skills in Composite Reinforced Plastics, CAD Design, Welding, Engineering, and Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing.
The firm has developed considerable expertise in the application of GRP product in a number of environments including industrial, mining, defense, marine and recreational areas. Staff are regularly involved with customers in product design and customisation.
Components manufactured by Penguin Composites are exporting to many interstate and international destinations.
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.
The Jellyfish App Pty Ltd
A Global GPS based App, that informs /identifies/location based alerts and provides first aid advise for a jellyfish species around the world.
This product was designed and created totally within Australia, Tasmania to be specific.
This innovative App is the only one of its kind in the world whereby through a feature of the paid version allows the user to interact with the worlds leading authority on the species of Jellyfish.
the app has been in operation since dec 2016 and has now been downloaded into 61 different countries, and through its News section is attempting to partner with Tasmanian businesses to help promote their story and therefore obtain global exposure.
the App is available for both iPhone, iPad or Android phone devices, the app has just been converted to include a Chinese language version and is currently being adapted for the French language.
To obtain further information please visit www.thejellyfishapp.com
‘Memorable’ farewell for Aurora Australis
Hobart’s Antarctic Festival in August will be especially ‘memorable’ as it will also be the final farewell for icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis. The distinct red ship has been a popular sight on Hobart’s waterfront for years. And to say goodbye in style, people are being asked to tell their ‘most memorable stories’ about the polar icebreaker. Festival Chairman, David Jensen said: “There are hundreds of expeditioners who have journeyed south on the Aurora Australis, and we are asking them to share with the world their memories of the ‘AA’ in the lead-up to the festival.” Organisers are also interested hearing from members of the public, who for example, may have waved the ship off at the docks on one of its many voyages. Prizes for best stories are exclusive passes to tour the ship during the Antarctic Festival. The Aurora Australis is to be replaced by new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, currently under construction in Holland and due for delivery in 2020. The Antarctic Festival will be held at Hobart’s Princes Wharf from August 2-5. For competition details visit www.antarcticfestival.com.au
12 June 2018, Edition 195
The Federal Government has announced the location of a new Antarctic runway to provide year-round access to the frozen continent. Serviced by a permanent air-link from Hobart airport, this would further position Tasmania as an Antarctic hub. After two years of investigation a site close to the Davis Research Station has been chosen for the new paved runway, to be built at a cost of $10 million. This would be a major boost for Australia’s Antarctic program, enabling year-round air access to the icy continent, something that is currently restricted by a summer only ice-runway near Casey Station. State Growth Minister, Peter Gutwein, said: “The new runway would provide a permanent link between Hobart and Antarctica and improve our ability to conduct year-round research, which in turn will encourage businesses in the industry to base their operations in Tasmania.” While former Antarctic Division Director, Tony Press told The Mercury: “It will certainly revolutionise the way logistics are conducted in Antarctica. Year-round access really changes the nature of how to plan your scientific effort.”
12 June 2018, Edition 195
Hobart is gateway to the Antarctic and home to a passionate group of polar experts. Among their ranks the intrepid Dr Frederique Olivier – adventurer, scientist and documentary film-maker.
8 May 2018, Edition 194
Navy ship bid
The Bay of Fires is already a tourist drawcard with its stunning beaches and orange lichen-covered boulders. But it is hoped this East Coast destination could soon have a new attraction – under the water. The Tasmanian Government has made a bid for the decommissioned navy ship, HMAS Darwin, which had its final voyage last year. It is planned that the ship would be sunk a few hundred metres from the shore, with the wreck used as a dive site. Peter Paulson who has been leading the campaign for an old navy ship to sink in the Bay of Fires for the last 17 years, told ABC News this would be “a fantastic asset to the community.” He added the stunning location, combined with proximity would make it “one of the most accessible dive sites in Australia. We’re probably only three minutes from the boat ramp, probably 800 metres…onto the dive site, so it doesn’t get any closer than that.” If Tasmania does secure HMAS Darwin it will be scuttled 30 metres under the ocean in Skeleton Bay. In 2016 Tasmania missed out on securing HMAS Tobruk for the Bay of Fires.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Hobart hosts international scientists
Hobart further cemented its role as the Antarctic gateway, as scientists from across the globe gathered to take the ‘temperature’ – or geothermal heat flow – of the icy continent. Accurate ‘temperatures’ are needed to understand how the Antarctic Ice Sheet contributes to rising sea levels. However, getting these measurements has been hampered by logistic problems with drilling, caused by thick ice cover and bedrock. Organiser, Dr Jacqueline Halpin, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) said: “In Antarctica, 99 per cent of the continent is covered in ice, so geothermal heat flow patterns are difficult to map, but hotspots may significantly affect how ice flows and melts in different areas.” Scientists from the US, UK, China, Japan, Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand met in Hobart in late March to discuss the sharing of data bases and models of geothermal heat flow. “Models which predict the future evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet need to take into account the continent’s underlying temperatures,” Dr Halpin said. “It’s an exciting time in the development of research in this field, as we combine expertise from a range of disciplines to explore the underlying temperature of the Antarctic continent.”
11 April 2018, Edition 193
Icebreaker namers win trip
Six students at Hobart’s St Virgil’s College are heading for Antarctica after winning a competition to name Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker. The Hobartians worked with six youngsters from Secret Harbour Primary in Perth, WA, to suggest the winning name RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah). The name means Southern Lights in palawa kani, the reconstructed language recognised by many Tasmanian Aborigines. More than two years ahead of the $1.9 billion ship’s expected completion, the name was announced by the Australian Antarctic Division in October after a nationwide competition that attracted almost 800 entries. ‘‘Using the name Nuyina for the Hobart-based ship recognises the long spiritual connection Tasmanian Aboriginal people have with the frozen continent, as the most southerly humans on the planet during the last ice age,’’ The Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg, said.
6 November 2017, Edition 189
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