Tasmania is home to a range of institutions and centres of excellence that provide specialist maritime domain support to defence forces and their industry supply chains through their unique and distinctive expertise and facilities.
The Australian Maritime College (AMC) within the University of Tasmania is the national maritime institute specialising in Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, Seafaring, and the Operations and Management of Ports and Shipping.
The AMC is a key partner of both the Australian Government’s Defence Science and Technology Group (Maritime Division) and the Naval Shipbuilding College.
The AMC has an extensive array of facilities including the Maritime Simulation Centre, the Emergency Response Centre, the Model Test Basin and Towing Tank, the Cavitation Research Laboratory, the Underwater Collision Research Laboratory, a High Performance Computing System, the Autonomous Maritime Systems Laboratory and a fleet of ships, watercraft and autonomous vessels.
These facilities and our specialist expertise provide the cornerstone of the University of Tasmania’s newly established Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct in the greater Launceston area. The precinct is the University of Tasmania’s portal for connecting industry with academia across its Defence Network, enabling productive collaboration in applied research and consultancy services focused on:
- supporting and assuring the design, operation, survivability, and supportability of surface vessels, submarines, autonomous vehicles, and maritime infrastructure
- the physical and cognitive ability, survivability, and health of human operators, in remote, isolated and hazardous maritime environments.
The Centre for Antarctic Remote and Maritime Medicine (CARMM) delivers operational medical services, training, and research for polar, maritime, space and other remote and extreme environments. CARMM is based at the Australian Antarctic Division, part of the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, and is a collaborative partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian governments and the University of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Health Service’s Department of Hyperbaric and Space Medicine at the Royal Hobart Hospital is part of CARMM and houses the southern hemisphere’s only hyperbaric/hypobaric recompression chamber facility. The department also has specialist expertise in underwater medicine treatment and research.