OMC International celebrates its 30th anniversary with move to new headquarters

Australian maritime engineering company OMC International (OMC), the recognised world leader in real-time Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM), is celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary with a move to larger Melbourne headquarters.

29 May 2017

OMC’s real-time DUKC® plays major role in record iron ore tonnage from Port Hedland

In a joint effort with Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA), OMC International’s real-time DUKC® e-Navigation technology helped enable the largest ever iron ore shipment to leave Port Hedland at a record sailing draft of 19.95 metres, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM said today.

07 Mar 2017

OMC International – MetOcean Solutions alliance announces new products

OMC International and its new alliance partner MetOcean Solutions today announce the launch of three new products to help ports and harbours manage under-keel clearance (UKC), the mooring of berthed ships, and weather-related risks.

21 Nov 2016

OMC International signs strategic alliance agreement with MetOcean Solutions

Melbourne firm OMC International has signed a strategic alliance agreement with New Zealand-based MetOcean Solutions to coordinate research and development efforts and offer an expanded level of maritime forecasting and hydrodynamic services to port and harbour clients, CEO Peter O’Brien said today.

03 Oct 2016

Melbourne-invented technology helping Port Hedland wins international safety award

Melbourne firm OMC International’s innovative maritime technology has won a prestigious international safety award, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM announced today.

Dr O’Brien, who received the 2015 IBJ ‘Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine)’ trophy on behalf of his staff on Monday night at a glittering awards ceremony dinner in Antwerp, says this accolade further cements OMC’s reputation as a world-leader in real-time Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management technology.

18 Nov 2015

Extra capacity for Port Hedland channel

  • ​Port innovations and efficiencies increase capacity by 16 per cent
  • More efficient shipping for port users

The State Government has identified ways to increase the shipping capacity in Port Hedland's channel by 16 per cent over the next three years, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced today.

Mr Nalder said new modelling by the Pilbara Ports Authority and independent maritime engineering company OMC International had pinpointed opportunities to increase the port's forecast capacity from 495 million tonnes a year to 577 million tonnes.

13 Nov 2015

Queen’s Birthday Honour for OMC International Founder and DUKC® innovator Dr Terry O’Brien

In today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, OMC International Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment and to education”. Melbourne engineer Dr O’Brien, who is the recognised global leader in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, said his AM was “an unexpected honour”.

08 Jun 2015

More cargo, same channels, better returns.

Captain Peter McGovern of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) announced today that the VRCA is adopting exciting new technology that will allow larger ships with more cargo to access the Geelong Port.

Some vessels will be able to import and export additional cargo, of the order of 3000 tonnes through Geelong, he said:

“As a bulk port, Geelong will benefit appreciably from technology that allows pilots to gauge with pinpoint accuracy the maximum draught ships can operate within the Port of Geelong."

03 Jun 2015

OMC’s DUKC® contract with Arrium Limited mining group opens up new markets

OMC International’s contract with Arrium Limited for a DUKC® system to enhance the safety and efficiency of capesize ships travelling down the Spencer Gulf showcases OMC’s expansion into new markets, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced today.

02 Mar 2015

Award-winning DUKC® technology safely guides deepest draft ship ever into Melbourne

OMC International’s (OMC) award-winning DUKC® software navigation technology helped safely guide the deepest draft oil tanker through Melbourne’s challenging Port Phillip Heads, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced today.

DUKC® innovator Dr O’Brien, who was last week inducted into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame for “making an outstanding contribution to Australia’s maritime industry,” today revealed his company’s e-Navigation technology played a vital safety role in the deepest draft oil tanker visit to Melbourne.

24 Nov 2014

DUKC® innovator Dr Terry O’Brien OAM is inducted into Australian Maritime Hall of Fame

Melbourne engineer Dr Terry O’Brien OAM, who is the recognised world expert in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, was last night inducted into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame at a gala awards dinner in Sydney.

In front of more than 500 guests at this year’s Lloyds List Australia 19th Australian Shipping Awards, OMC International (OMC) Founder and Executive Director Dr O’Brien accepted the shipping industry’s top accolade for “making an outstanding contribution to Australia’s maritime industry” during an impressive career spanning more than 50 years.

20 Nov 2014

OMC launches new website and announces further DUKC® expansion plans

OMC International (OMC) has today launched its new website to better inform shippers of the long, incident-free track record and recent award-winning web-based under keel clearance (UKC) management technology, DUKC® Series 5.

Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM said the new website has an animated ‘Port Tracker’ which maps OMC’s strong international presence, including its inroads into South American markets where productivity could be greatly increased with the installation of the latest DUKC® technology. Systems are already operating in most major Australian ports, and in New Zealand, Europe and North America.

04 Jun 2014

Milestone year – DUKC® turns 20 and OMC moves into new headquarters

As OMC International (OMC) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) navigation system, the company has also moved its Melbourne headquarters to nearby larger premises to house its rapidly growing staff hired in response to an expanding global workload.

28 Jun 2013

OMC wins major Canadian contract to install DUKC® navigation technology in St Lawrence River

Australian maritime engineering firm OMC International (OMC) has won a major Canadian contract for its DUKC® electronic navigation system to operate in the St Lawrence River, further cementing OMC’s reputation as the leading expert in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced today.

18 Jun 2013

OMC launches two new products to help maximise port capacity at Port Hedland

OMC International will deliver two new products to Port Hedland as part of an exciting new 5-year ‘Platinum Package’ agreement to help maximise port capacity at the world’s largest bulk export port, OMC’s Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced today.

26 Nov 2012

OMC unveils new safety product prompted by ‘graveyard of the pacific’ study

OMC International (OMC) has today announced that its new safety product OMC iHeave® - a ship motion measurement instrument - was developed as part of a DUKC® desktop study now finalised for North America’s ‘graveyard of the pacific’.

23 Jul 2012

OMC gets AMSA's nod for its UKCM system for Torres Strait

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has accepted a web-based real-time Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system developed under contract by OMC International for the waters of Torres Strait and this marks a significant turning point for the company, Founder and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM said today.

04 Jul 2011

OMC enters North American market to improve ship safety

OMC International (OMC) continues to strengthen its global presence by winning its first North American contract, a DUKC® desktop study, for the Columbia River Bar, a treacherous waterway known as the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’, the company announced today.

14 Feb 2011

OMC’s world-leading DUKC® technology taught at university

Case study examples of OMC International’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology will be taught at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology next week in a move that could see DUKC® eventually become a standard education tool for future port engineers, says a Swinburne engineering professor.

Professor Alexander Babanin, from Swinburne’s Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, said this postgraduate port engineering unit, first run last year with the support of Ports Australia, would now be taught every year.

13 Sep 2010

New contract puts OMC International in the spotlight – again!

OMC International has won a contract to install its Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) management system in Rio Tinto's Western Australian Cape Lambert port, OMC announced today, following the naming of its Founder and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien in the Australian Honours List.

This new contract also includes an extension of the existing DUKC® contract for Rio Tinto shipping operations at the port of Dampier.

Cape Lambert is the 21st DUKC® installation for this family-owned maritime engineering firm founded in 1987 by Dr O’Brien, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Monday for services to the maritime transport industry.

16 Jun 2010

OMC International Chief Dr Terry O’Brien receives Australian Honours

Melbourne engineer Dr Terry O’Brien, whose world-leading software navigation technology reduces the risk of ship groundings and saves billions of dollars for the world’s shipping industry, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

14 Jun 2010

OMC wins AMSA's Torres Strait contract

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has signed-off for OMC International’s under keel clearance management (UKCM) system to be installed in Torres Strait to enhance shipping safety. This signing also marks the launch of OMC’s web-based product, OMC announced today.
This release of the Next Generation Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) product suite, DUKC® Series 5, will give authorised users easier access to this system and AMSA will be the first client.

OMC Founder and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien said this was an exciting development for his Melbourne-based family-owned specialist maritime engineering firm.

07 Jun 2010

OMC International to open new office in South America

OMC International will open a new office in South America next month in a bid to help make the region’s ports and waterways more efficient and safer by introducing UKC management technology to the shipping industry, particularly for the bulk carriers.

Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien said Melbourne-based OMC’s award-winning navigation technology could help boost South American trade because it allowed vessels to carry more cargo while ensuring safe navigation through shallow, draught restricted waterways.

04 Feb 2010

DUKC® helps Port Hedland set ship loading record

Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) has approached OMC International to investigate how its proven DUKC® technology can help the port regularly repeat its recent record of five ships sailing on the one tide, says OMC chief Dr Terry O’Brien.

PHPA grabbed media headlines when it announced that it had sailed five capsize bulk carriers (four BHP Billiton Iron Ore and one Fortescue Metals) on the morning high tide on Friday, June 26, with a combined total cargo of 841,062 tonnes.

10 Aug 2009

Port of Melbourne adopts latest DUKC® innovations

Melbourne Maritime engineering firm OMC International has licensed its world-leading navigation technology to the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) to help ensure the safety of large vessels entering Port Phillip Heads, one of the most challenging waters for ship navigation to be found anywhere on earth.

18 May 2009

World leading Melbourne technology on show in Europe

Melbourne-based company OMC International will showcase its leading-edge DUKC® technology today (Thursday, October 16) in Portugal as part of a Euro 20million international research project to further boost shipping safety around the world.

16 Oct 2008

OMC wins Weipa contract

OMC International has signed a three-year contract with Ports Corporation Queensland (PCQ) to supply its world-leading Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system at the Rio Tinto Alcan bulk export Port of Weipa in North Queensland.

16 Sep 2008

Port Authority uses latest technology in a world-first

Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) and OMC International have jointly achieved a world first by successfully using the latest DUKC® VTS technology to assist a large bulk carrier safely transit the main channel once it had been refloated after being grounded at Port Hedland last week.

07 Aug 2008

Australian Maritime Company Helps Improve German Port Efficiency

OMC, a leading Melbourne-based maritime engineering company, has won a major contract to customise its unique navigation technology for a German river system.

30 Apr 2008

OMC wins Port Kembla Contract

Tidal windows for large import vessels at one of Australia’s fastest growing ports will be expanded by an average of two hours, with the installation of OMC’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance system at Port Kembla

08 Apr 2008