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Wednesday 10th April through to Friday 12th April 2019


Registration from - 5:00pm Wednesday & 7:30am Tuesday

Conference sessions - 8:30am-5:00pm (Thu/Fri) 

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From the event co-ordinator

Having only just hosted the sell out 2018 Spring Workshop in Darwin we are pleased to advise, planning for the Newcastle Autumn Workshop is well underway. As usual local AMPI members are the organisers in this case Newcastle Pilots Jeremy Brew and Ricky Rouse. It's a big task and they are working hard on preparing another full and engaging program. 

Noah's on The Beach has been selected to hold the workshop sessions, those with long memories will note the forerunner to AMPI, AMPA held a workshop here some years ago.  Though the venue has had some renovations since then, the spectacular views remain unchanged.  For those of you looking to engage in some pre or post workshop leisure time Newcastle and the Hunter Valley offer many options.

The Ice Breaker will be at Battlesticks housed in the old Newcastle Ferry Wharf with the harbour as a backdrop it should be a great way to ease into the workshop. The Workshop Dinner will be held in The Newcastle Club, one of the oldest and most established private clubs in Australia. Make sure you bring some suitable attire as there are dress regulations. See their website for more details.

Keep an eye on for more information. 

Where to stay

Noah’s at the Beach - Quality Hotel

4 Star hotel at the conference venue overlooking Newcastle beach.

Phone or email requesting the AMPI conference rate for a discount.

Novotel - Newcastle Beach

5 star hotel around a 5 minute walk from the conference location

Rydges Hotel - Newcastle

4 star hotel around a 20 minute walk from the conference location

What to expect

The following major topics are scheduled for discussion by experienced industry speakers:

  • Escort Towage
  • Helicopter Transfers
  • Pilotage in the age of big data
  • Occupational Health & Prescription Medicines in Pilotage
  • Diversity & Women in Maritime 

Full Workshop Program


If you are interested in speaking at the AMPI Newcastle Workshop please submit your proposed topic to before 1st February 2019.

Port Ash Ship Handling Training and Research Centre has offered to host delegate visits on Wednesday the 10th of April.

This is a great opportunity for Pilots, Harbour Masters and our international delegates who may not have visited Port Ash before to see the world class facility. There will be a presentation on the training and demonstration of on-water activities.

There are limited seats. To ensure a smooth visit, delegates should register their interest during the booking process. This can be done during registration or by contacting:

How to get there

You can fly directly into Newcastle’s regional airport (NTL) which is a 30 minute drive to the city.

 Sydney International airport (SYD) is approximately a 2.5-2.75 hour drive (depending on time of day and traffic).

Newcastle is well connected to major highways in addition to regional and interstate trains.

Visit Transport Info for trip planning, maps and ticket information

Visiting Newcastle

Located only a few hours drive from Sydney at the foot of the world renowned Hunter Valley wine country is Newcastle with it’s beautiful beaches, incredible history and a buzzing artisan food scene. Enjoy a craft beer overlooking the golden surf beaches, visit World War II Fort Scratchley or take a trip into the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.


Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Thursday April 11th - $110 per person

On the first day of the conference we have organised a bespoke partners tour of the beautiful NSW vineyards, visiting local boutique wine cellars including wine tasting and a country style share platter lunch at a picturesque estate.

Departs 9:30am, returns 4:30pm



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