AMS Group acquires SA’s Access Datacom to increase security capability into strategic Critical Infrastructure

Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMS Group) is pleased to announce the acquisition of highly regarded South Australian security business Access Datacom.

AMS Group delivers mission critical and safety services to support commerce, infrastructure, surveillance, security and life support equipment. Security is a key capability expanding our 20+ years of delivering complex solutions with extremely demanding requirements across the full breadth of Australia and the region. The new security capabilities leverage Gallagher’s selection of AMS Group as one of only seven Certified Channel Partners for High Security, Type 1A security integration works.

 “I am really excited to bring Access Datacom into the AMS Group. The strength of our existing partnership and cultural alignment has made this a natural step to enhance our long term critical infrastructure services and support offering to customers across the breadth of Australia and the region”, said CEO AMS Group Glen Marshall.

“This is a perfect match for Access Datacom,” said MD Rick Pfitzner. “Access Datacom will be able to continue to support its long term customers with an expanded offering. Our highly experienced team with 25 years of assured service delivery is well aligned with AMS Group to address the growing security needs across the Australian market including defence and government, data centres, utilities, and ports.

About AMS Group

AMS Group delivers systems and services to safeguard Australia’s critical assets. AMS Group is Australia’s most versatile technology integrator, maintenance and service delivery organisation, providing innovative solutions, system and equipment lifecycle support to federal and state governments, and large multi-national commercial entities throughout Australia.

AMS Group is an Australian SME delivering sovereign capabilities with a genuine focus on growing indigenous businesses and partnering with traditional owner groups that are enthusiastic about the opportunities that investment and economic development hold for the future of their people. Beyond progressing our Reconciliation Action Plan, we have taken significant steps to invest in an indigenous trainee program over 10 years leveraging our Brisbane marine pilotage business. This significant investment of $3.5m is the start of AMS Group’s journey and investment in First Nations talent.

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Poseidon Sea Pilots awarded Port of Brisbane Pilotage

Poseidon Sea Pilots is seeking forward-thinking marine pilots to join its expanding South East Queensland operation after it secured the contract to supply pilotage services to the Port of Brisbane from 1st January 2022.

Under the new 10-year pilotage services agreement, Poseidon Sea Pilots, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMS Group (AMSG), will deliver world-class pilotage services to vessels within the Brisbane Pilotage Area.

Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager, Angus Mitchell, said the contract would ensure expert navigational assistance continued to be provided by experienced mariners at the state’s largest port.

“Poseidon Sea Pilots is part of the Brisbane-based Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG), which has more than 20 years’ of service delivery and experience in the maritime and defence industry sectors,” Mr Mitchell said.

“More than 9600 trading vessels visited Queensland ports during 2019 with 2500 destined for the Port of Brisbane.

“In 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, there were 8500 vessel visits to Queensland with 2100 into Brisbane.

“Ensuring safe and efficient navigation underpins Queensland’s ability to maintain this crucial movement of trade.

“In nearly all Australian ports, the use of a pilot is mandatory for large vessels and it is generally compulsory for ships 50 metres or longer entering Queensland ports to carry a licensed marine pilot.”

Poseidon Sea Pilots chairman John Sugarman said his company was looking forward to delivering under the contract.

“The opportunity to continue working with MSQ is greatly appreciated, and the skills and experience we also currently use to support other, federal government agencies for maritime safety will equally apply for delivering the pilotage service for the Port of Brisbane,” Mr Sugarman said.

Those interested in securing a position with the company should send their CV to or applicants can confidentially discuss their interest with Jenny Walker on 0414 678 259.  Applications close 2 April, 2022.


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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Marine Pilots – Brisbane, Poseidon Sea Pilots

Poseidon Sea Pilots Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Maritime Systems Group (, is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified Marine Pilots for positions in the Port of Brisbane.

We are a modern, forward-looking organisation that has played a prominent role in modernising maritime services by embracing innovative design and technologies in our solutions.

Our corporate culture is one built on strong mutual support and respect, strong camaraderie and the creation of dynamic and exciting workplace.

If you would like to join an energetic team committed to taking pilotage into the future, we want to hear from you.

You will possess the following attributes:

  • Valid Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency
  • Port Pilot Licence
  • Recently completed BRM training
  • Recently completed AMPT
  • Recently completed CPD course recognised by AMPI
  • Extensive ship-handling experience and/or previous port pilotage experience
  • Thorough understanding of maritime legislation, particularly Pilotage Law
  • Good knowledge of shipping operations, particularly in respect to port operations
  • A passion to modernise
  • A passion to embrace innovative maritime technologies
  • A passion to work in a team
  • Appropriate AMSA Medical
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Ability to work in Australia

Please submit your Expression of Interest in the strictest confidence via Seek before close of business on 19th March 2020.

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AMS Group to implement world-leading vessel traffic services in Fiji’s Port of Suva

Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime System Group (AMSG) will implement world-leading port vessel traffic technology to Fiji after being awarded the first contract of its kind by Fiji Ports Corporation (FPC).

The vessel traffic service (VTS), a first for the country’s maritime industry, will allow FPC to communicate with ships and manage traffic in the Port of Suva, Fiji’s largest and busiest port.

AMSG will install and maintain a turnkey VTS with full training and knowledge transfer provided, with the system estimated to be live by August 2020.

AMSG CEO Richard Morton said the company had a long history of delivering maritime projects in the Pacific Islands and that it was important for Australian firms to be fostering strong ties with our regional neighbours.

“Our partnership with FPCL is the product of a 10-year collaboration and shows just how forward-thinking FPC’s approach is to improve the efficiency of their port operations,” Mr Morton said.

“Not only is this a strong endorsement of AMSG’s capability integrating world-leading technology and record, it’s also a huge vote of confidence in the future of Fiji that will deliver safety, operational and economic benefits.

“Having world-class vessel traffic services will produce financial knock-on effects with an increase in trading with and investment in Fiji.”

Fiji Ports CEO Vajira Piyasena said the project was “critical” to Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd.

“As far as we know this is the first installation of smart port technology in the region,” Mr Piyasena said.

“Being a smart port is embedded in our organisation’s strategic perspectives of ‘safety, security and technology’. We expect this project to improve the control of vessels and enhance our monitoring capabilities.”

Mr Piyasena said AMS Group’s experience and expertise made them the ideal partner for the project.

“AMS Group has a strong background in implementing and supporting similar projects and it is viewed as an ideal partner to transfer technology and knowledge in this space,” he said.

Comparable to an airport’s ground traffic control system, AMSG’s VTS systems have been designed with world-leading software developer Saab technology BV Netherlands and partner sensor manufacturers. They provide multi-sensor target tracking, decision support, routing, traffic analysis, incident investigation and information management.

With a head office in Brisbane and satellite offices in Cairns, Fremantle, Newcastle, Melbourne and Hobart, AMSG has a geographically diverse and highly skilled workforce that installs and maintains maritime systems along the Australian coastline.

As a globally recognised leader, the group has also completed extensive and challenging overseas contracts for marine agencies in Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, Galapagos, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.


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