Nov 10, 2008

New Chair of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board

New Chair of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Board

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 10 2008

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Leo Zussino as Chairperson of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Board.

The Government is very pleased to have someone of Mr Zussino’s calibre and experience as Chairperson of the AMSA Board.

Mr Zussino’s appointment will add a new perspective to AMSA’s regulatory role and its involvement in the development of maritime safety and environment protection standards.

He has extensive experience in the maritime sector, particularly commercial port operations and development. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Ports Corporation and Chairman of the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board.

Mr Zussino will bring strong leadership and formidable experience to his new role.

I congratulate Mr Zussino on his appointment and wish him every success during his time with AMSA.

On behalf of the Australian Government I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Mr Ted Anson AM for his significant contribution to AMSA and its achievements since his initial appointment in 1999. I wish Mr Anson well in his future endeavours.

I wish to also express my condolences to the family of the late Mr Allan Thomson AM who passed away recently. Mr Thomson was a dedicated member of the AMSA Board and is much respected for his contribution to the Authority.