PORT Authority of New South Wales has announced three new recruits for pilotage roles.

This follows an “extensive recruitment campaign” for pilotage services in Sydney, Botany Bay, Newcastle, and Port Kembla.

According to the Port Authority, the recruitment drive focused on such areas as safety, decision making and problem solving, ship handling, leadership, cognitive capability and emotional IQ profiling.

The response for the Marine Pilot roles across the three ports said to be “extremely positive” with more than 130 “high-calibre” applicants.

The following people were hired:

·         Mathew Best: Newcastle Marine pilot 1A

Mathew has 27 years’ experience in maritime with seagoing experience on a range of vessels. He has held positions in the Royal Australian Navy and more recently as general manager, simulations, at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. Mathew holds a Certificate of Competency – Master Unlimited, a Graduate Certificate in Marine Logistics and Management, and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science (Ship Masters) with distinction.

·         Adam Roberts: Newcastle Marine pilot 1A

With two decades of experience in the maritime industry including association with Teekay Shipping, Adam is a current marine pilot with the Port Authority at Port Kembla.  He holds a Certificate of Competency – Master Unlimited; an unrestricted Marine Pilot’s License, Port Kembla; an Advanced Diploma Applied Science; and is a recipient of the ASP Ship Management ‘Sam Marsh’ Award.

·          Megan Arnott: Trainee pilot, Sydney

Megan has at least 15 years’ experience in the maritime industry including an association with Stolt NYK Australia, Teekay Australia and, more recently, Caltex Australia. Megan holds a Certificate of Competency – Master Unlimited; as well as an Advanced Diploma Applied Science and a Diploma of Applied Science; and is a recipient of the ASP Ship Management ‘Sam Marsh’ Award.

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·         Jacqui Kenyon: Trainee pilot, Sydney

Jacqui has 16 years’ experience in the maritime industry. She has held several senior positions with the Royal Australian Navy including navigation and operations officer, fleet navigation officer, staff officer navigation and seamanship and naval pilot. Jacqui holds an Unrestricted Naval Pilot and Advanced Navigation License, as well as a Master of Business (UNSW) and a Bachelor of Arts (UNSW); and has received a number of awards and medals including the Australia Day Medallion, and the ‘Megan Pelly’ award.