Australian Maritime College
|Australian Maritime College|
|Chairman||Dr Michael Vertigan AC|
|Chancellor||Michael Field AC|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Peter Rathjen|
|Principal||Professor Neil Bose|
|Students||861 EFTSL (2010)|
|Location||Launceston and Beauty Point, Tasmania, Australia|
|Campus||Newnham & Beauty Point|
|Colours||Navy, Light Blue|
|Affiliations||University of Tasmania; International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU)|
The Australian Maritime College (AMC) is a tertiary education institution based in Launceston, Tasmania and is an institute of the University of Tasmania. AMC is Australia's national centre for maritime education, training and research. It has two campuses located within 50 kilometres (31 mi) of each other in Northern Tasmania, each with different facilities and residence.
AMC comprises three national centres that offer courses in maritime engineering, marine environment, maritime logistics and seafaring. The national centres are:
- The National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
- The National Centre for Ports and Shipping
- The National Centre for Marine Environment and Resource Sustainability
AMC also has a commercial arm, AMC Search Ltd, that provides maritime related training and consultancy for a wide range of international and Australian organisations and individuals including the Federal Government Pacific Patrol Boat Program.
The AMC's main campus is situated at Newnham, 6 kilometres from the centre of Tasmania's second largest city, Launceston. Facilities located at the Newnham campus include:
- Centre for Maritime Simulation
Recently refurbished facility that boasts a full mission bridge, tug bridge and six smaller, fully integrated simulators capable of reproducing busy ports in a range of conditions.
- Towing Tank
The only commercially operating facility in Australia, this 100-metre (330 ft) long tank is used to measure the resistance of ships hulls in order to provide powering predictions.
- Model Test Basin
This 35-by-12-metre (115 ft × 39 ft) facility is ideally suited for conducting hydrodynamic experiments with an emphasis on maritime operations within shallow water environments.
- Aquaculture Centre
One of the only dedicated facilities for the study of fish and shellfish cultivation in Australia and as such has extensive aquarium facilities used for both research and teaching.
- Cavitation Research Laboratory
This facility is dedicated to the study of cavitation - vapour cavities formed by low pressure - on foils, propellers and other underwater forms. It also features rigorous control of dissolved and free small bubble gas content.
- Survival Centre
The Centre is used for the conduct of training exercises, to test new life saving appliances and for some research activities. It consists of an indoor heated pool and a mock ship’s superstructure, complete with life raft launching facilities.
The AMC is unique as it is the only University in the world to have all these facilities in one area.
AMC also has a Marine Firetraining Centre located at Bell Bay, 48km north of Launceston, which is equipped with a full range of marine firefighting equipment and specialises in practical training.
Beauty Point Facilities
The Beauty Point facilities are home to AMC's training vessels, including Bluefin.
Investigator Hall is AMC's residence on the Newnham Campus and provides catered accommodation to both AMC and University of Tasmania students. The residence is named after HMS Investigator, the vessel used by Matthew Flinders to circumnavigate Australia.