Our Port

In 1825, John Gray, a pilot from Port Jackson, surveyed and buoyed the outer bar of the Brisbane River and Inner Channel with a view to establishing a settlement where Brisbane’s CBD is today.  Gray was assisted by John Tosh, who became the first official marine pilot and Superintendent of Buoys. When Brisbane’s first marine pilot was appointed, he did not know that Brisbane would one day become one of Australia’s largest capital city ports.  It is the responsibility of our marine pilots to protect the Port, its visitors and its ecosystems.

We continue the work of John Gray and John Tosh to this day.


Formed in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision-makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,500 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry.

More than 50 countries support a National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill-building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitate relationships within the industry.

On a global scale, WISTA members have access to an incredibly diverse network of executives in the shipping and trading field on whom they can call for referrals, connections, advice or business collaborations.