Newcastle shares industry insights

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Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia

Topic(s): HMAS Newcastle (F06), HMAS Arunta (F151)

HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast.

HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast.  

Commanding Officer Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, said that the scope of the program encompassed a two-way engagement between Navy and the wider maritime industry. 

“It includes Navy personnel sea riding in merchant vessels, reciprocated by industry employees experiencing life at sea whilst embarked in Royal Australian Navy ships, and ashore in various naval establishments,” Commander Sirois said.

“The objective is to foster mutual cooperative efforts to provide a better appreciation of the working practices and regimes governing naval operations and industry processes and procedures.

Mr Thomas experienced safety briefings, observed bridge operations and procedures while steady steaming, and while in company, damage control exercises, replenishment at sea evolutions with HMAS Arunta, and the important evolution of feeding a hungry crew three times a day.

Mr Thomas said that the experience provided him with an understanding of the ship’s Command and management structure, and the organisational management of the ship’s bridge. 

“The experience provided an overall insight into ship based maintenance and planned maintenance programmes, as well as an insight into how the Navy applies configuration management procedures and key aspects of the Navy logistics and supply chain management, as it applies to supporting Fleet units,” Mr Thomas said.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to sea ride and thank Newcastle and her crew for their hospitality and patience."

Both Commander Sirois and Mr Thomas agreed that there are significant synergies to be leveraged and benefits to be gained such as the opportunity to facilitate effective interaction and cooperation, develop a better appreciation of how Navy and industry operates on a daily basis, and understand how each can assist the other in the development of maritime support capability, cognisant of the various challenges and demands within respective organisations.
 
Teekay Shipping was established in 1973 and is one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies operating today.  
 
It’s core business in Australia is the ownership and management of ships providing a comprehensive range of marine services including the Department of Defence and Australian Border Force.