Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 12th biennial Congress of the International Harbour Masters’ Association in Hobart, Tasmania.

The picturesque island state of Tasmania has always depended on the sea for its survival and is home to Australia’s oldest lighthouse and oldest pilot stations. Tasmania’s entrepreneurship and maritime heritage continues in its current work in the Antarctic, in shipbuilding, defence, fishing and as a destination of world-class maritime research, training and education. As an Australian Maritime College (AMC) alumnus, I’m well-aware of the expertise here and am delighted to be working with our hosts, Tasports and the AMC, to present you with an unforgettable opportunity to collaborate with industry, government and academia to as we navigate the future.

With the theme, ‘The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future’ the 2020 IHMA Congress will provide all attendees – harbour masters, terminal managers, port executives and suppliers – with the opportunity to strengthen industry links, to learn, and to exchange experiences, challenges, and solutions.

Featuring technical and operational breakthroughs together with an exhibition and exciting social and partners schedule, the Congress program offers an impressive list of industry experts from across the supply chain. From the port, the ship, the master, the supplier and the customer, it celebrates best practice and showcases the latest innovation and technology in digitisation, automation, sustainability and safety.

Diversity and the next generation are important to our future and we’re very proud to be launching the ‘Young Maritime Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition’ and promoting a 50% discount to those 35 years and under to attend. I’m very excited to see the game-changing ideas and disruption from this next wave of leaders! The Pitching Competition Winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner which returns with its Awards.

Our supporters and suppliers in the commercial world are a very important part of the mix that has become our unique gathering every two years and so, I invite you to come along to share your expertise and services.

Of course, when you come to Tasmania, you join a queue of famous visitors including Charles Darwin who celebrated his 27th birthday in Hobart. So, make your visit to the 2020 IHMA Congress a voyage of exploration and collaboration and take the time to discover all that the Congress and this remarkable island have to offer.

Join us as we celebrate the expertise, innovation, collaboration and diversity of our profession.

See you there!

Capt. Allan Gray