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  • 10 Jul 2019 18:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The official Notice of the AMPI Annual General Meeting is now available.  

    Please click here to access the Members Only section to read more details.

  • 06 Jun 2019 23:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is seeking your help in improving transport safety by providing feedback on the effectiveness of our stakeholder engagement and communications channels.

    “By participating in our short 10-question survey, you can help shape the ATSB’s transport safety messaging to industry, government and the travelling public,” said ATSB Communications Manager Paul Sadler. “Communications and stakeholder engagement are the ATSB’s primary tools we use to influence improvements in transport safety, and so understanding our effectiveness in these areas is very important.”

    The outcomes of this survey will help to guide the ATSB’s communications and education activities to help improve transport safety across the marine, rail, and aviation modes. 

    Take the survey here before 30 June 2019: 

    www.surveymonkey.com/r/ATSB_Survey_2019


  • 01 Jun 2019 10:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Navigating a Changing Climate (NaCC) Extreme Events survey has been launched this week by our International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) colleagues at their World Ports Conference in Guangzhou, China, and the link to the survey is already live.

    Please click here to access Members Area to view IMPA Notice 924

    You can find survey by clicking here or, if you prefer the short link, click here

  • 17 May 2019 13:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Speaker papers and supporting media from the recent Autumn Workshop in Newcastle is now available. 

    To access please click here


  • 05 May 2019 21:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Latest edition of Safe Passage available online now (Summer 2019)   

    Please click here to be taken to Members Only area to access. 

  • 04 Apr 2019 15:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New AMPI Social Media Policy has been developed and is now available online. 

    Please click here to access, or head to the Members Area

  • 04 Apr 2019 12:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maritime NZ welcomes interpretation of rules relating to maritime pilots' licenses. 

    Click here to read more.

  • 04 Apr 2019 12:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interesting news out of Canada in regards to new legislation that will focus on strengthening enforcement provisions, streamlining fee-setting and increasing transparency.  

    Click here to read more

  • 25 Mar 2019 11:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Conrad Adams, Principal Advisor - Coastal Pilotage Operations, AMSA:

    Good Afternoon, 

    The following information about counterfeit pilot ladder products and fake documentation, is provided for the understanding of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute (AMPI), the New Zealand Maritime Pilots Association (NZMPA) and their members, Maritime New Zealand, AMSA-licensed coastal pilotage providers and their respective coastal pilot bodies.

    Recently in March 2019, one of AMSA’s Port Marine Surveyors in Western Australia came across a pilot ladder onboard a vessel which appeared (on initial inspection), to be non-compliant with the pilot transfer requirements (see image below). 

    Counterfeit ladder

    The associated ‘inspection certificate’ (see image below) presented at the time of the AMSA inspection, suggested that the ladder was made by ‘Qingdao Good Brother Marine Life-Saving Appliance Co. Ltd’.

    Some of your respective members may recall a previous case back in November 2017, where this particular company’s products were the subject of a separate investigation. This investigation was instigated on the basis of a complaint made to AMSA by a port pilot (and member of the AMPI Executive). In the instance referred to in this email, it is not the same manufacturer who has done the wrong thing.

    On receipt of the information provided by the AMSA surveyor, AMSA’s ‘Head of Inspections – Ship Inspection and Registration’ passed the photos on to the China Classification Society (CCS), who has since carried out another investigation with the manufacturer. 

    The reply received from CCS indicated that another company had apparently purchased ladders manufactured by the ‘Qingdao Good Brother Marine Life-Saving Appliance Co. Ltd’, then copied the product and created their own (fake) certification for it. They have then sold the counterfeit products to customers who thought they were purchasing the genuine item. 

    It should be noted that genuine ladders from the ‘Qingdao Good Brother Marine Life-Saving Appliance Co. Ltd’ are fitted with a compliance plate as per the photograph below. The compliance plate makes references to a ‘Type Approval Certificate’ issued by CCS:  

     

    The response received from CCS also indicated that the fake ‘pilot ladder inspection certificate’ did not include various anti-counterfeiting features and marks of authenticity which are included in genuine CSS marine product certificates / ‘type approval’ certificates. 

    CCS kindly provided AMSA with an example of a genuine CCS ‘Certificate of Marine Product’, which is attached for your reference. Please click on the image below to see the file titled ‘China Classification Society (CCS) Official Product Certificate.pdf’, so that you are aware of what a genuine ‘type approval’ certificate looks like. Although the certificate pertains to a ‘copper alloy propeller’, the format and marks of authenticity are the same as would be provided for a ‘pilot ladder’ certificate of marine product.


    In the event that a marine pilot suspects or identifies a non-compliant pilot ladder (particularly anything which may be associated with suspected counterfeit manufacturing and/or certification), AMSA encourages you to inform AMSA (or MZN as appropriate), so that appropriate follow-up action can be taken as may be required.

    AMSA would like to note that on both occasions, CCS have been very responsive to AMSA’s requests for assistance and launched an investigation the same day AMSA notified them of our concerns. AMSA has also been advised that as a result of the investigation, the ‘Qingdao Good Brother Marine Life-Saving Appliance Co. Ltd’ has taken legal action against the ‘Shenzhen Import & Export Company Ltd.’ for producing fake copies of their products.  

    This is a good outcome for all stakeholders and we trust the above information is of value to Australian and NZ marine pilots. AMSA has provided this update in an effort to share relevant information with industry, and to demonstrate AMSA’s commitment to addressing pilot complaints about non-compliant pilot transfer arrangements, noting that such correspondence and liaison normally takes place behind the scenes and is not always directly visible to pilots.

    Kind Regards,

    Conrad Adams

    PRINCIPAL ADVISOR - COASTAL PILOTAGE

    OPERATIONS

    Level 9 , 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

    PO BOX 10790, Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

    07 3001 6806

    07 3001 6801

    0417 317 988

    conrad.adams@amsa.gov.au

    www.amsa.gov.au


  • 24 Mar 2019 18:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The program for the upcoming Newcastle Workshop has been released.

    Please click here  to view the full program

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