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Our Team

A Talented Team

Our team are constantly upgrading their skills and keeping up with the latest maritime sustainment ideas and initiatives.

The management of Tropical Reef Shipyard recognize the results achieved by the Company are as a result of the quality and efforts of the personnel employed at the shipyard.

We employ a broad workforce capability to ensure all our customers maintenance needs are met.

Our experienced on-site teams and long-term local contractors provide the entire range of specialist skills required to repair a vessel including:

  • Draughtsman
  • Engineers
  • Shipwrights
  • Metal and nonferrous fabricators
  • Plate and pipe welders
  • Mechanical fitters
  • Dry abrasive and ultra-high pressure water blasters
  • Painters
  • Instrument and electronic technicians
  • Electrical fitters
  • Marine refrigeration specialists

Employing the Best

Tropical Reef Shipyard is commited to investing, developing and growing the local workforce.

We are proudly diverse. We actively encourage:

  • First Nations (who are a significant part of our existing team)
  • Women in engineering, management and administration
  • Apprentices, young people and Veterans.

We offer the programs and support to develop the right skills to grow with us. We have a continuous apprentice program which is focused on handing down skills and ensuring that we are growing local talent and building Australian industry capabilities.

Our loyal team is proud of what they have achieved at TRS. Many have been with us since we opened. Without them we would be just another shipyard; with them we have become a leader in our field.

We have long-term relationships with our suppliers, enhancing our ability to deal with repairs quickly and efficiently. Our suppliers are integrated into our ecosystem to provide seamless service to our clients.

Our team are supported by highly experienced project managers who work from an onsite project management office (with conference facilities). This ensures their availability to assist with issues and resolve them efficiently and effectively.

Our Leadership

The energy and determination of the management team and dedicated staff enhances the shipyard’s commitment to providing an unparalleled service in the region. This has led to our continued success.

Our leadership team bring a wealth of commitment and experience.

Andrew Harrison


Marino Angelini


Rob Downing


Join The Crew

Tropical Reef Shipyard employs 150+ dedicated personnel. The number of personnel ramps up and down as well with special projects when certain ships are scheduled for maintenance and sustainment. Our crew work mostly from the shipyard in the Cairns Marine Precint (see video below) and we provide opportunities work in a fly in fly out capacity for some clients to different ports around the Indo-Pacific.

We continue to seek talented individuals to join our team. To see current roles see our Seek page.