A PROGRAM designed to bridge the gap between academia and the real world has provided a unique opportunity to one marine science student.
North Queensland Bulk Ports marine science scholarship recipient Amy Cantrill recently exchanged the familiarity of the classroom for the Cape, gaining first-hand exposure to a maintenance dredging campaign and daily operations at the Port of Weipa.
“While in Weipa I accompanied the surveyor team to observe how they installed and used sonar equipment on their boat to map the channel. I learnt about the software used to analyse and display survey results,” the JCU student said.
“I also had a tour of the dredge vessel, TSHD Brisbane, which included visiting the cabins, bridge, recreational areas, and the maze underneath the deck where the pumps and engines function.
“The experience has broadened my understanding of the port industry, which will balance my perspective of how to manage marine environments in future careers.”
Weipa offered Ms Cantrill more than just a glimpse into the port industry. She also had the chance to immerse herself in the community, enjoying fishing and sunsets on the beach.
“It has been an eye-opening experience to visit a remote town, witness a working dredge vessel, and learn about it firsthand,” Ms Cantrill said.
NQBP acting CEO Belinda Kenny said it hosted JCU Marine Science students each year to give them real-world experience in a port setting.
“Amy’s experience in Weipa is a testament to the program, providing her with real-world exposure to ports alongside our industry experts, helping launch her career post-study.”