AMCS Celebrates 30 Years



30 years mission table

AMC Search (AMCS) is a client-oriented, agile company, which is an Australian leader in maritime training and consultancy.

AMCS is the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Tasmania, and is proud of its standing as one of the most successful University commercial arms in Australia.  AMCS is managed by a Board of Directors and Members, chaired by Professor Geoff Wilson.  The Board has the responsibility of any Company Board of Directors as set out in the Australian National Companies and Securities Legislation.


AMCS was incorporated in 1985, with the mission:

To apply the resources of the Australian Maritime College in a commercial manner to engage in commercial maritime activities that are conducive to the aims of the College and to further the advancement and application of international maritime knowledge.

John Foster was appointed manager of AMCS in 1986.  Under his guidance AMCS grew to contribute more than $44 million to AMC, enabling its facilities to be maintained, upgraded and replaced, for the benefit of all AMC students and the Australian maritime industry.

In 2011, John’s work was posthumously recognised at the 16th annual Lloyd’s List DCN Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards.

In 2011, Dean Cook was appointed CEO, with Catherine Wilson as DCEO.

From very humble beginnings,  AMCS has grown into an extremely successful company, growing its gross revenue from $0 in 1985 to in excess of $8 m in 2014, with a total of $55.6 m contributed to AMC.


One of John Foster’s major achievements was the on-going success of the Pacific Patrol Boat Program (PPB). The PPB contract has been held by AMCS for 25+ years,  most recent contract renewed in 2013.

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AMCS offers the largest range of maritime short courses in Australia, covering mandatory STCW training together with courses designed to meet the specific requirements of companies.  In 2014 more than 3,000 certificates were issued to short course participants.

As with all successful business,  AMCS staff are our greatest asset.  The industry and corporate knowledge, expertise and experience of our teams ensure the provision of exceptional customer service, and continual growth of the company.


2014 saw the development of online learning in Security Awareness in April and in November, Crowd Management training was added to the online course offerings.

Security Awareness online has received overwhelming support from industry, some feedback comments include:

  • Good online course, achieved the goals and outcome desired
  • Great course
  • Enjoyed the course
  • Thank you for making this available
  • Excellent overall
  • Good training experience
  • Thank you for your help and understanding

Using the vast range of maritime expertise within the Australian Maritime College, AMCS supports the development, promotion and delivery of specialised courses, workshops and consultancies across a wide range of maritime related disciplines,  2014 developments include:

  • Ice Navigation Capability utilising the AMC’s advanced marine simulations centre
  • Maritime Human Factors for Design and Operations
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic modelling
  • Numerical analysis of open water Bulk Carrier berth
  • IMO Energy Efficiency Design Index Analysis