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Introduction to Shipping – Melbourne 1 May

A cargo vessel sails away from an arrow-shaped tile that announces the Intro to Shipping course

Introduction to Shipping

May 1 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Our most popular course covers the essential elements of vessels, cargo and shipping.

Course participants will find the presentation lively and informative. This course also includes two experiential highlights:

  • An introduction to MIRRAT, Australia’s largest and most sustainable Automotive & RoRo terminal!
  • A tour of an impressive Strait Link cargo vessel that provides an essential service across the Bass Strait!

Course facilitator

The session will be run by Captain Brett Whiteoak.

Brett spent his first 20 years in the shipping industry sailing on BP, Esso, Mobil and Shell Australian and UK flagged tankers. He was Master of the Tasman and Mobil Flinders, Australia’s largest oil tanker. Over the following 20 years he held ship management roles with Mobil Oil, Silver Fern Shipping, BP Shipping and North West Shelf Shipping in Melbourne, Wellington, London and Tokyo. Since 2002 Brett has held Directorships of IGTC (Bermuda), Silver Fern Shipping (NZ), Coastal Oil Logistics (NZ), NWSSSC, the Australian Maritime College, AMC Search and was Chairman of AMOSC for the last three years.  

Who should attend

This course may especially benefit:

  • new entrants to the maritime sector, as well as non-specialists who are currently working in the industry
  • government personnel, advisors, and policy makers operating at state, federal and local government level
  • administrative staff working in law firms, auditing societies, banks companies, and class financial companies, shipbrokers, insurance companies, transportation companies, and ports, who seek general knowledge about the maritime sector

Course participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Please note:

  • This is an in-person event and numbers may be restricted to provide the best possible experience for attendees
  • MIAL reserves the right to cancel this event at short notice – in the unlikely event that this happens, registered attendees will be notified and receive a refund or credit to attend a future session

Register now

Included with your ticket:

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Tour of Strait Link vessel
  • PDF course workbook


  • $695 Standard rate
  • $495 MIAL Members

Member discount

If you are a MIAL Member, please log in to the portal to access your discount code.


Gemma Gooding

Phone: 0474 477 411
Email: admin@mial.com.au


MIRRAT – Australia’s largest and most sustainable Automotive & RoRo terminal

46 Kooringa Way
Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207 Australia
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