MIAL supports move to boost supply chain with shipping

Maritime Industry Association Limited (MIAL) says it supports the federal government’s move to assist the East-West freight trade and secure supplies for Western Australians via temporary changes to the Coastal Trading Act for ships.

MIAL says these are “sensible” and “pragmatic measures to encourage operators who are not already at [capacity] to make space available quickly and without complex administrative overheads.”

But it says, “the benefit of shipping needs to be seen beyond the current emergency situation.”

It also says, “shipping is the cleanest, most efficient form of long-haul transport”, and Australia could be “resilient” and “self-reliant” without land transportation receiving too much “attention” or “investing.”

“Shipping should be a primary mode of transport around our coastline, not an avenue of last resort,” says Teresa Llyod, CEO of Maritime Industry Australia.

“This is an opportunity for the Morrison government to identify shipping as a critical transport mode to secure our supply chains both domestically and internationally, and put in place policies to support Australian shipping businesses to take control and perform more of the freight task.

“The support the shipping industry needs is a fraction of the investment that is required to secure our transnational rail lines. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. Australia should have capability on road, on rail and at sea.”

MIAL has a “maritime resilience masterplan.” It will involve using “practical solutions” to “secure reasonable shipping services to, from and around [Australia]” and will benefit the country for “many years to come.”

It says, “investment in the shipping industry cannot wait any longer” and urges the federal government to include in its 2022 budget, funding for Australian shipping.

It also says due to Australia being an “island nation”, ships are an integral part of the country’s “critical infrastructure”, and the maritime sector “deserves” to be “fostered” and “secured” so it can “serve the Australian community.”

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