AMCS Celebrates 30 Years

The Australian Maritime College’s commercial arm, AMC Search, is celebrating 30 years of providing tailored training and consultancy services to the maritime industry.

The business was established in 1985 under the mission to commercialise the resources of AMC and further advance the application of international maritime knowledge.

From humble beginnings, AMC Search has grown into an extremely successful company that offers the largest range of maritime short courses in Australia. This includes standard mandatory training courses and company specific training that is tailored to meet the needs of industry.

Its clients include shipping companies, stevedoring companies, shipbuilders, marine authorities, naval architects, port and harbour authorities, international petroleum companies, government departments and Australian and International Defence Forces.

John Foster was appointed inaugural business manager in 1986 and played an instrumental role in identifying new international markets and expansion opportunities.

The business thrived under his guidance, enabling AMC’s training and education facilities to be upgraded and replaced for the benefit of students and industry. In 2011, Mr Foster’s work was posthumously recognised at the 16th annual Lloyd’s List DCN Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards.

In 2011, Dean Cook was appointed Chief Executive Officer with Cathy Wilson as Deputy CEO.

One of AMC Search’s early major contracts was with the Royal Australian Navy, helping to assess new ways of minesweeping. It has also held the Department of Defence’s Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) training contract for 23 years, providing training for the crews of 22 patrol boats from 12 Pacific nations.

Securing the PPB contract in 1992 was a significant milestone in the history of AMC Search, says CEO Dean Cook.

“The PPB contract provided the momentum AMC Search needed to consolidate and grow. It enabled the business to hire additional staff and set up offices, and really provided a strong foundation on which to build,” Mr Cook said.

“In the early days, short courses were a minor part of the business but that has grown substantially. This year we delivered 200 short courses and brought 10,000 accommodation nights in to Launceston from the students attending these courses.”

Other key contracts during AMC Search’s 30-year history include:

  • Helping to establish the Papua New Guinea Maritime College and a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System training facility in Fiji, and providing transitional training until these facilities were up and running.
  • Western Samoa Fisheries extension and training project to enable local fishing communities to better use and protect their marine resources and increase sustainable harvest.
  • Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS) operations training in Indonesia.
  • High-speed vessel manoeuvring training in Japan.
  • Training the Kuwait and Omani Coast Guard.
  • Conducting resistance and seakeeping tests on scaled ship’s hull models in the towing tank.

AMC Search has grown from a one-man operation to a team of 22 maritime training and administration professionals that form the heart of the business.

“As with all successful businesses, our staff are our greatest asset. The industry and corporate knowledge, expertise and experience of our team ensures the provision of exceptional customer service and the continual growth of the company. We take this opportunity to thank them for their outstanding service and commitment,” Deputy CEO Mrs Wilson said.

A gala event will be held to celebrate AMC Search’s 30-year anniversary on 27 November, attended by past and present staff, clients and the wider AMC and University community.

AMC Group 30 Years

AMCS Celebrate 30 Years