Trans-Tasman shipping could boost trade and jobs, Maritime Union says

The Maritime Union says the election of a Labor government in Australia could offer potential benefits for trans-Tasmanian shipping.

Craig Harrison, national secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, says the reintroduction of Australian- and New Zealand-flagged vessels and crews is an obvious way forward to resolve the ongoing transport disruptions.

He says attitudes towards local shipping have changed significantly as the industry now demands reliable and safe shipping – a transformation from just in time to just in case thinking in the logistics industry.

Mr Harrison says there is great potential with similar governments in both countries aligning shipping policies and developing regional transport links.

“We have had some very positive results in New Zealand as the government has worked with local shipping companies to develop coastal shipping and there is good reason to extend this to regional shipping services.”

He says a dedicated trans-Tasman shipping service could help with the ongoing congestion and delays affecting international shipping.

“It is important that New Zealand and Australia build our deep sea shipping capabilities and have our own crews and vessels that provide secure supply chains.”

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