Australian Reef Pilots is proud to be known as Guardians of the Reef, a reputation earned through our impeccable safety record, professionalism, innovation and customer satisfaction.  Click on the links below to read the latest news about and from Australian Reef Pilots.

Vale Captain John Foley 1940-2015
Date: 26.06.2015
Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef ‘Grand Pilot’ gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on 26 June 2015 to farewell John and commemorate his life. It was said of his passing: “Captain John Foley enjoyed a full life that would have been more than enough for two lesser men.”

Australian Reef Pilots win training award
Date: 05.05.2015
A coastal pilot training program tailored to the unique challenges of working on the Great Barrier Reef has been recognised by the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC). Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) was awarded the 2015 Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award in the maritime Sector for the competency-based training of its Pilot Boat Launch Crew.

New owners for historic Queensland maritime company
Date: 24.03.2015
Australia’s oldest and largest marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees. ARP, which services all types of shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, has been sold by the private Brisbane-based company Torres Industries to a group of ARP executives and reef pilots, making for a very ‘hands on’ team.

Australian Reef Pilots "Hydro" anniversary tribute
Date: 16.02.2015
It was only 30 years ago that a medium sized carrier, the 61,000 tonne World Jade, made maritime history when she cautiously nosed her way through what would become one of the most important and valuable sea passages on Earth. For years, mariners had been wondering what lay beyond several wide gaps in the outer Great Barrier Reef, 100 miles off the North Queensland town of Mackay. It was to become known as Hydrographers Passage - the international gateway to incredibly rich coal fields on Mackay’s doorstep.

Australian Reef Pilots given top salute for safety
Date: 26.11.2013
Australia’s leading pilotage company has won a national accolade for its work to protect one of the planet’s most sensitive and treasured areas – the Great Barrier Reef. Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) picked up the esteemed Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Award (Safe Transport Category).

Pilots push to avert ships of shame
Date: 21.08.2013
A leading maritime company has launched a push to prevent hundreds of dangerous, unseaworthy ships from being detained at Australian ports Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has started providing ship safety audits at overseas ports to assess whether foreign ships bound for Australia are up to standard.

Australian Reef Pilots and SmartCap - Up there for thinking
Date: 14.08.2013
Leading maritime company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has embraced world-first brainwave technology in pursuit of its ultimate objective of best practice maritime safety standards. ARP is trialling the Australian-developed SmartCap system, a unique piece of headwear which monitors brain activity to indicate fatigue levels.

Australian Reef Pilots wins international award
Date: 13.07.2013
Leading maritime company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) and its technology suppliers have won a prestigious international award for world-first technology, which improves safety and efficiency for shipping on the Great Barrier Reef. In a combined submission with VoyageBank and SevenCs, ARP was awarded the IHS Safety at Sea 2013 Award (Systems Category) for the unique VoyageBank pilot system.

Australian Reef Pilots wins prestigious Icon of Industry Award
Date: 21.11.2012
Leading marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has received one of Queensland’s most prestigious business awards in acknowledgement of more than a century of dedication and service to the state’s maritime industry. ARP was presented with the Australian Industry Group’s 2012 ‘Icon of Industry’ award by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at a gala presentation in Brisbane last night.

Australian Reef Pilots invests in New Helicopter, New Boat
Date: 20.09.2012
Leading marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has issued a vote of confidence in Australia’s economic future by substantially boosting its service capabilities. ARP has just taken delivery of a locally built, made-to-order launch and leased a state-of-the-art helicopter to fly one Australia’s busiest marine pilot transfer runs for shipping serving some of the world’s most lucrative coal deposits in Queensland, Australia.
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