About Us

Australia/New Zealand Branch

Introduction

The Australia and New Zealand Branch was founded in 1998. The branch went through a period of strong activity followed by a period in which there was a readjustment caused by the change in the manner in which business was done and the effects of technology and the manner in which the various international zones of the market affected the daily routines of a branch which had been created at the end of the era when Europe dominated the market. Those issues are now being addressed and the branch is flourishing.

Geographically the Branch covers a huge area from members of the Committee spread from Fremantle in The West, Launceston (Tasmania) in the South and Auckland in the East, including Melbourne and Sydney as major area of members in between. The membership are employed in a wide variety of commercial shipping including practising brokers and employees in shipping company offices (liner and bulk), Charterer's offices ,and Government Departments. The Branch is also seriously considering introducing corporate membership.

In the education arena there is the Institute Teaching Centre (ITC), which for some years has provided a steady stream of students sitting in two centres, Melbourne and Auckland. The wide geographic area poses logistics challenges at examination time, but is easily handled by the ITC.

In the year 2013-2014 there were 37 student members.  Most students study under Tutorship but one Committee member offers a face to face course modelled on London. There is a very successful series of industry seminars on topical matters in both Sydney and Melbourne which are very successful while The New Zealand Chapter offers the "Understanding Shipping" course.

The Branch is very proud of the fact that The New Zealand Chapter has provided an International Award winner in each of the last two years.

The Branch is preparing to enter the bespoke short course market.

The highlight of the Social calendar is the annual Industry Ball held in Melbourne every August. With members as far away as New Zealand in attendance recognising the occasion.

The Branch undertakes a series of industry seminars on topical matters in both Sydney and Melbourne which are very successful while The New Zealand Chapter offers the "Understanding Shipping" course.

 

Who's who in 2014/15

Chairman: Bob Hawkins FICS

bob@dunsfordmarine.co.nz

Secretary: Robert Hill  FICS

Robert@southseashipping.com

Education Officer: Nicholas Vann FICS

Vascoz@bigpond.com

Treasurer: Francis Castellino FICS

Francis.castellino@chiefinvestigator.vic.gov.au

 

The Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers (Australia/New Zealand Branch)

C/- Australia/ NZ Branch

PAMS, Level 1

613 Canterbury Road

Surrey Hills

Vic 3127

E: icsanz@icsanz.com

W: www.icsanz.com