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.

ARP Chief Executive Officer Simon Meyjes said he was honoured to receive the award on behalf of a dedicated team which had been working as Guardians of the Reef for 125 years.

“Our commitment to the safe passage of ships through the Reef adds up to a commitment to the sustainability of this unique natural asset,” Mr Meyjes said.

“After more than 125 years of coastal pilotage, it is very humbling for ARP to be recognised as an industry leader.

“ARP is little known outside industry circles but, given our historical connections and continued commitment to Queensland’s prosperity, we can stand tall as a Queensland icon.”

Ai Group Queensland Director Matthew Martyn-Jones said ARP was a fantastic example of a Queensland business that thrived through an innovative approach and high standards of business excellence.

“One of the great things about ARP is that it’s a business that enables a huge amount of economic activity for the state by piloting boats and transporting products worth up to $12 billion in export income,” Mr Martyn-Jones said.

“In anyone’s language, that’s a terrific achievement and a real benefit to our economy.

“ARP has invested strongly in training its employees and this is the backbone of success – it’s helped the ARP consistently deliver world class levels of marine services to local and international customers.”

To win the award, ARP had to satisfy the selection panel of five criteria - an overview of its operation; industry leadership and contribution to the state’s economy; investment in Queensland people and the broader community socially, culturally and environmentally; commitment to developing and driving Queensland innovation; and strategic outlook and efforts for Queensland’s future.

From modest beginnings, ARP has become a state-of-the-art operation providing a vital service guiding huge bulk carriers and cruise ships through several challenging and sensitive passages across the Great Barrier Reef, transiting Hydrographers Passage and in/out of the ports of Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay and Mackay, as well as routes north from Cairns through to the Torres Strait.

“As much as technology has changed our operations, our priorities remain the same - safety, professionalism, innovation and customer satisfaction,” Mr Meyjes said.

ARP has five working pilot stations and a head office in Brisbane. It employs 44 marine pilots and owns or operates 11 boats and has access to five helicopters under lease agreements. ARP provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a week pilotage services.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Trewin – Sequel Communications (07) 3251 8111 or 0403 090 915.

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