About Australian Maritime Systems

We have extensive experience in specialised areas of maritime technology enabling us to efficiently and effectively manage, construct and maintain aids to navigation networks, maritime information systems and associated maritime assets.

About AMS

Australian Maritime Systems (AMS) was established with the objective of assisting the providers of maritime services with engineering support to provide high quality, innovative and cost effective systems of maritime service delivery.

We offer a wide variety of services including:

  • Design of Maritime Structures integrating them with latest technology
  • Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Navigational Aids, AIS, Buoys, Radar, Sea level Monitoring Systems and Meteorological Ocean Equipment
  • Design and Integration of Remote Power Systems
  • Construction and Maintenance of Maritime Structures
  • Remote Area Logistics
  • Management and Integration of Technology Projects
  • Supply and Servicing of Maritime and Aviation Safety Apparatus
  • Facility and Asset Management (including Remote Monitoring)

AMS has extensive experience in the design, installation and maintenance of Electronic Aids with clients both within Australia and abroad.  The organisation has completed a number of projects over the years from large and complex Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS) overseas to Meteorological Ocean Sensors for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). 

Our multi skilled workforce includes project managers, engineers, designers, technicians and mechanical tradespeople.  In addition we have strategic alliances with companies that complement our core business and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in a wide variety areas such as marine electronics, corrosion control and meteorological monitoring equipment.

AMS endeavours to stay abreast of the latest technology and products ensuring that when working with clients we are able to offer the most suitable and economical solution in the marketplace.  Our level of expertise, multi-skilled workforce and strategic alliances allow us to provide our clients with turnkey solutions from the design phase through implementation phase and ultimately monitoring and maintenance.

Our Board

R Bruce Corlett AM

Chairman (Non-Executive)

Director from 18 August 2000

Bachelor of Arts and Law (Sydney University)

Appointed Chairman on 18 August 2000

Chairman of Audit and Remuneration Committees

Experience – Director of Trust Company Ltd (Chairman), Director of Servcorp Ltd (Chairman).  Past Chairman of Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Adsteam Marine Ltd.  Previous directorships include Stockland Trust Group, Advance Bank and TNT.

John Sugarman

Managing Director (Executive)

Director from 14 July 2000

Bachelor of Engineering (Queensland University of Technology)

Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Deakin University)

Experience – Over 30 years experience in the design, construction and maintenance of navigational aids. Past Vice President of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.  Currently the Industrial Members’ representative on the IALA Governing Council.

John Davis         

Director (Executive)

Director from 28 November 2006

Bachelor of Engineering (University of Queensland)

Experience – 8 years experience in the marketing and operational design, construction and maintenance of navigational aids.  Over 17 years’ experience in a large global engineering & manufacturing organisation covering sales, engineering, business development and R&D. Currently Chief Operating Officer responsible for operations within Australian Maritime Systems Ltd.

Brian Johnson       

Director (Executive)         

Director from 31 October 2008

Bachelor of Science (University of Western Australia)

Grad Dip Education (University of Western Australia)

Experience – 12 years’ experience in the marketing and operational design, construction and maintenance of visual and electronic maritime navigational aids.  Over 10 years’ marketing experience in a large global organisation along with 15 years experience in the technical marketing and operation of Special Mission aircraft.  Currently responsible for the marketing operations within Australian Maritime Systems Limited.


AMS has an extensive depth of Technical Capabilities with its staff being accredited across a wide range of industries. AMS has a multi skilled workforce which includes:

  • Managers
  • Project managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Designers
  • Engineers

  • Systems Engineers
  • Aid to navigation technicians
  • Airborne SAR Crew
  • SAR equipment technicians
  • Administrative support, IT and financial staff

  • Oil Pollution staff
  • Electronics technicians
  • Remote Area Power Supply Technicians
  • Mechanical tradespeople
  • Labourers

Collectively, AMS staff bring together hundreds of years experience in the area of Design and Technology, Asset Management and Maintenance/Support. AMS staff enthusiastically face the challenge of applying best practice engineering and technical services in a competitive market.

In-house skills for the customisation of electronic technology and ocean and land-based structures, enables AMS to offer a complete turnkey solutions.  Strategic alliances with specialists, allow us to draw on a vast range of expertise to verify design data and confirm suitability of manufacturing and installation processes.

Our Electronics Technicians provide 24 hour on-call support to our clients.  They regularly travel to client sites, often in remote locations to provide corrective and scheduled preventative maintenance.  Maintenance activities require the use of a wide range of skills including mechanical, electrical and electronics.  As such our technicians are highly capable and accredited in these areas.  In addition they receive training on a regular basis for the products we support and maintain as well as training to ensure effective and safe operations especially in remote areas.

Accreditations & International Committees


BVQI Accreditation

AMS has implemented a Business Management System (BMS) to administer its day to day operations.  The manual defines AMS’ policies, processes and management practices to ensure Quality, Safety of Personnel and Protection of the Environment.

The system is compliant with the following:

  • ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management Systems
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems
  • EASA Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organisation
  • CASA Part 30 Approved Maintenance Organisation

AMS has gained corresponding accreditation for the above standards through Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI) or, where applicable, the Australian Federal Government.  The BMS system is also compliant with Relevant State & Commonwealth Acts of Parliament, Regulations and Codes of Practice.



AMS is an Industrial Member of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and conforms to IALA policies and guidelines in formulating its designs and recommendations.  In addition AMS is a member of the IALA council and plays a role in formulating policies and guidelines to ensure that the movement of vessels are safe, expeditious, cost effective and harmless to the environment. 

 AMS has several employees involved in the various boards and committees within IALA, which include:

  • IALA Industrial Member’s Council Representative
  • IALA VTS Committee (Vessel Traffic Services) Vice chair of Technical Working Group
  • IALA EEP Committee (Engineering & Environmental Protection)          
  • IALA eNAV Committee (e-Navigation)
  • IALA AIS Technical Working Group


AMS proudly announced that on 21 January 2014 we achieved the distinction of the Office of the Federal Safety Commission (OFSC) accreditation.

OFSC Certificate 22 Jan 2014


AMS is also a Corporate and Board Member of PIANC Australia.  This ensures that AMS is involved in the establishment of best practice and standards in the development of infrastructure and operations of ports and waterways.