Captain Allan Gray, Fremantle Ports: Maritime skills: A whole of industry issue


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Capt. Allan Gray, General Manager Port Operations/Harbour Master, Fremantle Ports, Australia delivered this presentation at the 2012 International Harbour Masters Congress – Global Port and Marine Operations in Ireland. The Congress provides a unique forum in which formal Association meetings are combined with a conference and an exhibition - displaying equipment, services and technical developments from throughout the port and harbour sector. The event is held biennially and will next take place on 26-30 May 2014 in Bruges – Ghent, Belgium. Addressing the theme, ‘Safe and smooth access to ports: A challenge’, the 9th IHMA Congress in Belgium will showcase technical and operational breakthroughs together with international case studies on the development and management of modern port and marine operations across the globe. For more information about the congress, please visit the event website:

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Captain Allan Gray, Fremantle Ports: Maritime skills: A whole of industry issue

  1. 1. MARITIME SKILLS ; A WHOLE OF INDUSTRY ISSUE Capt. Allan Gray GM Port Operations Harbour Master Fremantle Ports & Federal Master Company of Master Mariners Australia
  2. 2. OUTLINE: The Problem Defined: Dispelling the Myths  Do Harbour Masters and other shore based professions require maritime skills?  The current Industry approach:  The Alternate Approach: 
  3. 3. THE PROBLEM DEFINED: DISPELLING THE MYTHS 80000 officer shortage in 2012  Equates to 2000 vessels and 1 billion tonnes of cargo   Why no ships laid up due to lack of labour?
  4. 4. MARITIME SKILLS Competency over knowledge and learning?  Balance between regulatory and commercial;  Do we need Maritime Skills – Why Not?
  5. 5. THE CURRENT APPROACH Competency based  Sectorises or polarising professions within the maritime field  Restricts moves between disciplines  Not appealing to school leavers  Not sustainable 
  6. 6. WHOLE OF LIFE MARITIME INDUSTRY TRAINING NO contribution from Industry required Postgraduate studies (combination of Industry and college learning) HECs based degree (theory to cover at least 2nd Mates) Seagoing through to Master Terminal Management (stevedoring) Port Management Harbour Master Hydrographic Surveying Maritime Law Marine Surveying Pilot Naval Architecture
  7. 7. CONCLUSION Whole of industry approach  Use of maritime clusters  Mariners trained for the future learning capable and adaptable  Sell the industry make it attractive to young starters   REMEMBER: “SHIPS ARE COOL”
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