THE Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors has ushered in a new board of directors as Captain Peter Murday steps down after 10 years of service.

During his tenure Captain Murday raised the bar on industry standards for surveyors, implemented qualifications and training pathways and vigorously promoted the need for independent surveyors undertaking bulk vessel inspections for grain exports.

His oversight of this project and collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment culminated in the re-establishment of the Accredited Grain Surveyor List and Fitness to Load standards that are expected to be in force in 2022.

As the driving force in the recent change of corporate structure from an incorporated association to a company under ASIC, Captain Murday has put the AIMS is a position to take on a greater role in the accreditation of surveyors in other sectors – a move considered necessary to better reflect today’s industry.

His achievements have been noted by the wider maritime industry having been the recipient of the Lloyds List (DCN) Maritime Services Award for an outstanding contribution to the maritime industry in 2014 and highly commended for the same award in 2019.


Captain Murday said, “We have worked continuously to identify and implement sound solutions to our continued challenges, and we owe our strong performance this year to this concerted approach”.

The AIMS, under Captain Murday’s leadership received the Association Forum’s award for the Turnaround Association of the Year in 2018 and is shortlisted for the External Campaign of the Year Award this year.

The new board sees John Holden (Seaweigh) move to the chair, Scott Aiton (Gibson Minto Aiton) to vice-chair and Captain Andrew Graver (Hunter Marine) as company secretary. Three additional directors – Razzak Syed (Australian Marine Surveys), John Pettiquin (Christy and Griffin) and Greg Marsden (Marsden Marine NZ) – have been appointed.

Captain Murday will remain as a director during the transition process.