About Us

Almarco is an Australian marine services company, based in Melbourne,  specialising in marine consultancy and surveying services.  Our clients are ship-owners, ship managers, logistics providers, brokers and insurers. 


Our vision is to be the premier Australian marine consultancy and surveying services company, offering technical excellence and superior customer service.

Our highly specialized team has been involved in various large oil & gas construction projects (APLNG, QCLNG, GLNG, and WLNG), Defense projects (AWD), mining projects (Roy Hill, Yara, MMG, GoldLinq) and renewable energy projects (Hornsdale wind farm, Sapphire wind farm).


Our team of Master Mariners and Chief Engineers are experienced professionals who will be able to assist in ensuring compliance amongst others, with the following codes, regulations and guidelines:-


  • Flag state and classification rules.

  • Cargo securing manual

  • The CSS code (IMO Code of Practice for cargo Stowage and Securing 2003.

  • Intact stability regulations (The International Code on Intact Stability, Resolution A.749 (18).

  • CTU Packing Guidelines (IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing Cargo Transport Units (CTU code).

  • Noble Denton Marine Services Rules and Guidelines – DNV-GL.

  • DNV rules for planning and execution of marine operations.

Captain Joseph Alphonse

  Managing Director/ Marine Risk Consultant 

Captain Joseph Alphonse is the founder of Almarco Maritime Pty Ltd. He has over 30 years experience in the marine industry and is actively involved in marine risk management for various projects and supply chains.


Capt. Alphonse has a Master’s Foreign Going, Certificate of Competency, Class 1 (Unlimited) from The New Zealand Maritime School.  He also holds a Master's  degree in Business Administration from Keele University, United Kingdom.

Capt. Alphonse is qualified as a Senior Associate member of Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance ("ANZIIF").  He has a Diploma in General Insurance and a Certificate IV in General Insurance from ANZIIF.

He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors ("AIMS") and the International Institute of Marine Surveyors ("IIMS").

Prior to founding Almarco, Capt. Alphonse served as a Marine Risk Consultant for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty ("AGCS"), being part of Allianz Australia Ltd. He held this role for a period of over 7 years.

At AGCS, he  was involved in the direction and management of marine transportation risks for large projects in Australia, including the LNG projects at Gladstone, AWD project at Osborne, Roy Hill project at Port Hedland and Hornsdale wind farm project at Adelaide.