Captain Tim Higgs
From the very beginning of Tims career, he always knew he wanted to make the move off the deck to the bridge and it was in 2002 he got away to sea, on blue water vessels as a TIR with Teekay Shipping. In 2005, he went to work in the offshore oil & gas industry and continues to work in the field today.
In 2008, Tim grabbed the opportunity to complete the Second Officers Watch-keepers course in Newcastle and in 2012 did the Chief Officer and Masters Course at Australian Maritime College.
Seeing the opportunity to improve our industry, Tim was first elected as a National Offshore Delegate to the Executive Council in 2010. Then in 2014, he was elected to President the AMOU. He’s been actively involved in the AMOU since joining in 2008 and taking particular interest with issues in the oil and gas industry.
Since being on the Executive Council of the AMOU, Tim has a good overall view of the issues Australian Officers face and is determined to protect, improve and secure our industry and our jobs. His vision is to create a level playing field and fairer employment opportunities and conditions for all of our membership whether it be international blue water shipping, coastal shipping, the oil industry, or the many roles our members fill within the port services parts of industry.
Modernising the union’s outlook and the way it operates and negotiates on behalf of members is another key focus for Tim. He says, ‘We’re getting smarter and more strategic by improving our services and member engagement as well as representing members effectively across all sectors with improved EA’s and lobbying, to improve our industry and create secure jobs in all states and territories.
‘Taking care of members at work and at home with professional advice, insurances, training, and welfare support is our renewed vision. We’re also focused on being adaptive to the inevitable changes in the industry such as automation and ensuring our Officers and members are well trained and competitively well advanced to take on the new challenges.
‘I look forward to working with you to take on these exciting new challenges pushing harder to revive our industry and as always, protecting, securing and advancing your interests.’
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