ATSB welcomes appointment of new Commissioner

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today welcomed the appointment of Mr Gary Prosser as a member of the ATSB Commission, effective from 1 October 2019.

ATSB welcomes Mr Gary Prosser as a member of the ATSB Commission

Appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Mr Prosser brings to the ATSB Commission over 35 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including a seagoing career serving on Australian ships in both international and domestic trades.

The ATSB’s Chief Commissioner, Mr Greg Hood, welcomed the expertise and experience Mr Prosser brings to the Commission.

“I have no doubt Mr Prosser will make a significant contribution to the ATSB's work of improving transport safety in Australia,” Chief Commissioner Hood said.

“I look forward to working with Mr Prosser as we position the ATSB to support and advance the national transport safety agenda.”

The Deputy Prime Minister also thanked the outgoing Commissioner, Mr Noel Hart, for his excellent contribution over many years.

“Mr Hart has provided invaluable maritime industry knowledge and experience to countless investigations. I wish Mr Hart all the best with his future endeavours and thank him for his exemplary ongoing contribution to Australia’s transport safety,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Chief Commissioner Hood also thanked Mr Hart for his commitment and passion for improving transport safety since he was first appointed as a Commissioner of the ATSB in July 2009.

“Noel has over 40 years’ experience in the shipping industry, with this knowledge greatly contributing to the investigations into the fatality on board the Skandi Pacific, off the Pilbara coast, Western Australia on 14 July 2015, the safety issue investigation into Queensland Coastal Pilotage in 2012, and the grounding of the Maersk Garonne, in Fremantle, Western Australia in February 2015,” Chief Commissioner Hood said.

Mr Hart also guided the establishment of the Bureau’s ‘SeaSafe 2019 Marine Safety Forum’, being held in conjunction with MIAL’s ‘Modern Martime Conference’ in Sydney next month.

“SeaSafe 2019 represents a unique opportunity for the maritime industry to address and confront safety issues, as the ATSB continues to work to improve transport safety in Australia,” Chief Commissioner Hood said.

“I wish Noel the very best for the future, and I thank him for his service.”

Last update 24 September 2019