After 20 years with the organisation, Mick Kinley has been announced as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s new CEO.
Kinley has been acting in the role since the departure of Graham Peachey in May, after heading up the authority for seven years.
In a statement today, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Kinley was “very qualified” for the role and expressed confidence he would be “warmly welcomed” in the maritime sector:
“Mr Kinley has extensive experience in the maritime sector, starting his career as an engineer cadet with BHP Transport and sailing with the BHP fleet before undertaking various shore-based roles.
“In 1994 he joined AMSA as a marine surveyor. He has held a number of senior positions since, including Manager of Ship Inspections and General Manager of Maritime Operations.”
Kinley also holds an Australian Chief Engineer Class 1 Certificate, bachelors degrees in applied science and engineering and a graduate diploma in legal studies. He was promoted to deputy CEO in 2008.
Established by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990, AMSA is responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, navigation infrastructure and search and rescue operations on both land and sea.
Truss is yet to announce who will be the next head of AMSA’s aviation counterpart, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, with current director of aviation safety John McCormick stepping down at the end of this week.