Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am pleased to invite you to the 12th Congress of the International Harbour Masters’ Association in Hobart, Tasmania in March 2020. The IHMA biennial Congress offers a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, collaboration and strengthening of ties across the international Port and Maritime communities.

As host for the Congress, along with our esteemed colleagues at the Australian Maritime College (AMC), we look forward to welcoming you to Hobart, a vibrant port city with a proud maritime history.

The city of Hobart is Australia’s gateway to the Antarctic, an active fishing port, and an increasingly popular cruise destination. We are world renowned for our shipbuilding, and our cutting-edge maritime research, education and training. As such it is fitting that the theme for the 2020 Hobart Congress is “The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future”.

This topic is timely for us all. Tasmania, Australia’s most southern and only island state, has a landmass of more than 68,000km. At TasPorts we are responsible for the management and maintenance of all essential port infrastructure across Tasmania including:

  • Eleven sea ports and one airport.
  • Thirty eight commercial shipping berths, and 110 marine assets.
  • More than three million square metres of land, buildings and other built infrastructure assets.

As part of TasPorts’ ongoing commitment to safety and industry best practice, we are implementing a range of innovative digital solutions including a contemporary Vessel Traffic Service and Port Management Information System.

We look forward to sharing our island home and waterways with you, and to many valuable presentations and discussions around the topic of “The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future”.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Johnston
Executive General Manager
Marine Services and Shipping