The partnership will be launched at the MIAL SEA18 conference in Canberra on 16 October, and the first three courses offered in Sydney from November 2018.

By partnering to deliver contextualised drone technology training to AMC Search course participants, the two organisations aim to make Australia a leader in the integration of drone technology and maritime activities and help build a highly skilled workforce to drive the future of the maritime industry.

The agreement will see relevant training products delivered from beginner to advanced levels and include a variety of delivery methods, so workers from across maritime can access world-class training and get the skills they need to make the most of this revolutionary technology.

The potential for drone technology in maritime is enormous and centrally concerns improving safety for workers...It is envisioned that by working together into the future this project could be expanded in a number of ways to further and more effectively embed drone technology training into maritime training programs,

...noted Dr Joel Spencer, CEO of The Institute for Drone Technology.

As the applications of drones in the maritime industry become better understood, and drone usage increases in our sector, the need for specialised maritime drone training became apparent,

...added Emilie Donovan, Manager – Training at AMC Search.