JONES Bay Wharf in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont was the setting last week for the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS) biennial conference.
The conference’s opening address was delivered by federal MP Josh Wilson, member for Fremantle, who spoke passionately about revitalising Australian shipping.
AIMS president Captain Peter Murday also spoke, highlighting the historical significance of the venue.
“At this stage of our journey in our AIMS, it was hoped that the wharf would reflect the importance of resilience and the wisdom of embracing change,” he said.
“The ongoing sad demise of the shipping industry in Australia and the subsequent impact on our marine surveying industry is well known; the AIMS is determined to remain relevant and not become a casualty of modernity.”
Mr Murday said one of the most important parts of the conference was for Australia’s marine surveyors to meet with others, particularly newer surveyors.
As the day continued, there were discussions on legal aspects of surveying, as well as new technology that surveyors can use (including drones).
Throughout the day, there was plenty of opportunity for colleagues to chat and catch up during the tea and lunch breaks.
As the day turned to evening, the surveyors moved on to a dinner and held an “awards for excellence” ceremony.