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Australian Maritime College  
General Information
Structure of Institution

AMC was formally established as an institute of the University of Tasmania in January 2008 in accordance with the Commonwealth government’s Maritime Legislation Amendment Act 2007 following the repeal of the Maritime College Act 1978. As well as the Act itself, two other documents are important in the governance of the AMC:

  • University of Tasmania Ordinance 15 – Australian Maritime College

  • The Heads of Agreement in respect of the integration of the Australian Maritime College

    and the University of Tasmania.


    The Act and University Ordinance establish the AMC Board which replaces the AMC Council. The AMC Board is responsible for strategic policy making and administrative direction within the context of the University Plan and oversees the Principal of AMC – Professor Neil Bose. It reports to the University Council through the Vice-Chancellor of the University – Professor Peter Rathjen. It is also required to report annually to the Australian government. AMC Board membership is specified by the Act and comprises seven members who are appointed by the University Council. The Principal is also an ex officio member of the Board.

    Governance and Structure Both parties agree that:

    1. AMC is to be recognised and established by UTAS ordinance as a separately constituted institute of UTAS.

    2. Within that ordinance, provision is to be made for a board (the "AMC Board") which includes people with experience in the maritime and maritime-related sectors. The structure, terms of reference and initial membership will be subject to the approval of the Councils of both AMC and UTAS.

    3 .The terms of reference and membership of the AMC Board remain subjects for further negotiation with the Australian Government Minister and negotiation between AMC and UTAS. These will be specified in an annexure to these Heads of Agreement, by no Later than 31 March 2007.


This impressive fleet of training vessels is based at the Beauty Point campus, close to where the Tamar estuary meets Bass Strait.

MV Bluefin

Whether you’re studying maritime engineering, the marine environment, navigation, or the workings of a ship’s engine, it’s likely you’ll spend some time on the AMC’s 35m flagship training vessel.

Bluefin cruises Australian waters with up to 25 students and staff on training voyages from two days to two weeks. Studies on board include habitat monitoring, fish sampling, fishing technology, machinery operation and maintenance, environmental assessment, oceanographic instrument mooring, and ship design and function.

Bluefin is also used for coastal masters, pre-sea deck and integrated rating training, and training in shipboard operations. 


Bluefin is available for commercial charter. It has rescued stranded Antarctic scientists from Macquarie Island and conducted minesweeping trials for the Royal Australian Navy.



Aboard this mobile classroom, marine environment students learn about fishing gear technology, prawn trawling techniques, habitat mapping and aquatic sampling.

This 14m steel-hulled former Queensland prawn trawler is also used by coastal seafaring students gaining their small vessel handling certificate

Stephen Brown

This former collier is moored permanently and has been renovated for use as a stationary training ship.

Seafaring students learn how to rebuild and maintain engines on board; and a damage control unit, comprising three floodable compartments, is used to train students and Department of Defence Pacific Patrol Boat personnel.


Fast Rescue Boat courses are conducted for the offshore and shipping industries for the crews of vessels that carry a fast rescue boat.

Structure of Program
On-Board Trainig Scheme