Today we have some insights from Allan Gray on working in the WA maritime industry.
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Your current role:
GM Port Operations / Harbour Master at Fremantle Ports
How did you start out in the maritime industry?
I started as a Deck Officer Cadet with Australian National Line, attending the Australian Maritime College.
How many years have you been in the industry?
30 years, with about two thirds of that at sea.
What qualifications have you obtained over the years?
I have an Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited), along with tertiary qualifications in Nautical Science, Search and Rescue, Business and Technology. I also have a Certificate III in Incident Management under the national training framework.
What are some interesting aspects about your current role?
Every day is different even though it is based around the principal of ship in, ship out. Having core marine skills I enjoy using these to assist in ensuring a more efficient and safer supply chain for the State.
What do you like most about being in the maritime industry and what are your career highlights?
In the early years it was seeing the world and gaining experience working with other national companies. My highlight at sea was working with the Norwegians on LPG Tankers trading throughout the world. There is never a dull moment. Despite my successful career progression I made the decision to come ashore and became Harbour Master at Fremantle Port. I was elected Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia, the peak professional body for Master Mariners and, in addition, elected to the Council for the International Harbour Masters Association. I enjoy giving back to the industry and trying to ensure there is a profession for our future mariners.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in this industry?
Be adventurous and be prepared to travel and gain broad experience. That experience is worth a great deal when looking to transfer your core maritime skills across to shore based professions.
It’s not an easy course to plot but worthwhile.
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