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October 16, 2014
BMP Donates to the Mission to Seafarers

June 30, 2014
The Third Runway

June 30, 2014
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE – A Maiden Voyage to Brisbane

June 30, 2014
25 YEARS OF BMP

BMP Donates to the Mission to Seafarers
October 16, 2014





Todays Mission to Seafarers plays a significant role in the life of a seafarer.

Some 99.99% of all shipping into and out of Australia ports is in foreign registered and manned shipping with a dominance of flag of convenience ships. Ships in which seafarers are open to abuse, suffer poor working and living conditions, feel isolated amongst multi race, language and faith crews, have the world’s highest work related injury, death and suicide rates.

Having an active Mission centre in the port of Brisbane provides an invaluable service to seafarers and aims to reduce the human element risk in shipping. Support provided to the Mission is probably the least cost risk mitigation measure available to all ship owners and charters, port operators, cargo owners and other port users in reducing human element risk.

The bus that transports these seafarers to/from their ship to the Mission centre and other local services is the lifeblood of what the Mission to Seafarers is all about. It connects the seafarers to a place of refuge and sanctuary that doesn’t exist on what could be their home for 12 months.

Brisbane Marine Pilots recently donated a significant sum to the Brisbane Mission centre to assist with the purchase of a new fit for purpose bus. On Sunday 5th October our Chairman Ross Nicholls and long serving Pilot Marcus Bochenski, who also made a personal donation to the new bus, attended a blessing of the bus at the Mission.

Brisbane Marine Pilots will continue to provide support to the Mission to Seafarers and the many volunteers who have made this their life’s work.

The Third Runway
June 30, 2014

The Jan De Nul dredge “Charles Darwin” arrived in Brisbane this month following over 6 months of planning for the dredging of sand as a base for the third runway of Brisbane airport.



The “Charles Darwin” has an LOA of 183m, a beam of 40 metres and operating draft from 7 to 13 metres when fully loaded with 26,000m3 of spoil on board.



The dredge is required to move circa 13 million cubic metres of sand from Government approved sites in Moreton Bay to the third runway location.



The dredge operates around the clock from it’s purpose built pump out facility in the vicinity of luggage point where a round trip involves a 50 minute passage from the pump out to the dredging position, approximately 2 hours of dredging before returning to the pump out again.



The dredge pumps the sand in a slurry form over 4 kilometres to the site of the third runway which takes approximately 2.5 hours. In all a round trip is approximately 7 hours.

The link below provides a more holistic view of the project which is expected to run into 2015.
http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2014/05/22/video-dredger-charles-darwin-to-undertake-brisbane-npr-project

Brisbane Marine Pilots were required to assist the Masters and Mates of the newly arrived dredge to develop their local knowledge of the operations of the port, navigation requirements and traffic flows to enable them to achieve their limited exemption to operate in the Port.



We welcome the “Charles Darwin” to the port.

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE – A Maiden Voyage to Brisbane
June 30, 2014

Earlier this year the 316 metre long “Celebrity Solstice” with her 2,850 passengers made her inaugural voyage into Brisbane. While only marginally smaller than the “Queen Mary 2” the vessel cuts a formidable path in the world’s ocean and detailed preparations were undertaken with the Brisbane Marine Pilots prior to her arrival to ensure a safe transit to and from her berth at Fisherman Islands.



Our Pilots, Cade Richardson and Chris Gallagher, welcomed the Master, crew and her passengers during the early hours of the morning and made the transit to arrive at her berth safely at the scheduled time.



While this is just part of the job for the Pilots at BMP, this time Discovery Channel Canada wanted to film the arrival of the vessel for their successful long running TV program - “Mighty ships”. The “Mighty Ships” crew were welcomed aboard the vessel and our Pilot launch “Spitfire” to grab some action footage of the arrival at dawn from both the bridge of the ship and at the waterline on board the “Spitfire”.

The arrival and departure of the vessel proceeded as planned and we look forward to the return of “Celebrity Solstice” during the next cruising season.

The “Mighty Ships” program regarding this ship will be aired in Canada in August 2014.

25 YEARS OF BMP
June 30, 2014

In 1989, the Pilots of the Harbours and Marine Board were set adrift by the State Government in an effort to privatise non essential services. Assisted by the State Government, the Pilots formed their very own private pilotage Company heralding the birth of Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd (BMP).

Over these 25 years the Company has developed an enviable reputation in pilotage and maritime circles, both nationally and internationally, through the hard work and commitment of it’s Pilots and employees. This reputation centres around our ability to deliver a service second to none.

The service is underpinned by the Company’s commitment to:
• operate under accredited ISO management systems,
• the International Standard for Marine Pilotage Organisations (ISPO)
• developing and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders
• research and develop leading edge electronic navigation systems alongside the systems developers
• develop and build fit for purpose pilot launches with a local QLD boat builder
• the professional training and development of our Pilots in conjunction with leading Pilot training institutions, nationally and internationally
• involvement in national and international relevant maritime industry bodies
• reinvesting in the business and our people.

With the continued growth of the port, BMP pilots now service nearly 6,000 shipping movement per annum under a contract with the State Government. The contract contains clear key performance criteria that facilitate a safe, reliable and sustainable service our customers and the public have come to expect.

Over the next 25 years, BMP will continue to strive for excellence in Pilotage delivering a service that sets the benchmark in marine pilotage.

Thanks to our Pilots, our staff and our key stakeholders, this vision is clearly achievable.

To view the 25 Years video please click here.