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Maritime Union calls for New Zealand shipping congestion solutions

29th July 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has called for “innovative responses” to ongoing shipping congestion that is causing delays in New Zealand’s supply chain.

National secretary Craig Harrison said it was essential that New Zealand developed its own shipping capacity and build in a level of redundancy and options for exporters and importers.

Dedicated New Zealand coastal shipping would ensure regional ports were being serviced in a reliable way, Harrison said, and he called for government and industry support, as well as immediate changes to laws that disadvantaged local shipping operators.

Harrison also highlighted the potential for a regional “oceanic bubble” where New Zealand flagged vessels or a nationally-owned shipping operator could provide access to Australia and the Pacific Islands.



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