Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
English Title:
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was first established in 1990, and is responsible for the safety and regulation of shipping in Australian waters, maintenance of marine aids to navigation, and search and rescue operations for vessels in distress.

In 2005 a contract was placed with Pearl Aviation for the provision of airborne fixed-wing search and rescue services. Accordingly, a new subsidiary, AeroRescue was established to provide this service, using Dornier Do 328 aircraft. In October 2014 it was announced that Cobham had been selected to take-over search and rescue services under a new 12-year contract starting in 2016.

Key Dates

1990    Australian Maritime Safety Authority established.
2005    AeroRescue first formed.
2014    Cobham wins AMSA contract to replace AeroRescue.

Current Status

The aircraft of AMSA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.


Special Markings

AMSA aircraft operate in an overall white scheme with a orange fuselage stripe and an all-orange fin and rudder. The service titles RESCUE are carried mid-way along the fuselage side, plus the initials AMSA under the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

AMSA aircraft carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Do 328 VH-PPG.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Dornier Do 328 5 5 0 Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Dornier Do 328 5 2006 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
AeroRescue Pty Ltd, GPO Box 338, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia.

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units to the AMSA service. Aircraft are allocated to various bases as detailed below.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

AMSA aircraft currently operate from Darwin (NT), Perth (WA), Cairns (QLD), Essendon (VIC) and Brisbane (QLD).

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


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wikipedia: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
wikipedia: Pearl Aviation
Paspaley Group AeroRescue
Cobham wins contract

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

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