Coastal Shipping Strategy 'Sea Change' Welcomed

Published: Tue 6 Nov 2007 12:37 AM
Coastal Shipping Strategy 'Sea Change' Welcomed
Maritime Union media release
Tuesday 6 November
The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the release of the draft Government coastal shipping strategy 'Sea Change' last night is a positive move that has been welcomed by the Union and maritime workers.
Maritime Union General Secretary Trevor Hanson says the new strategy identifies how coastal shipping will be an increasingly important part of New Zealand's transport system.
He says the goal of moving 30 per cent of domestic freight by coastal shipping by 2040 is a good start.
"The Maritime Union has worked alongside Government and industry in this area and we are happy to see real progess being made."
Mr Hanson says coastal shipping offers a number of advantages including less greenhouse gas emissions and reduced transport congestion.
He says the Union is especially pleased that there is an acknowledgement of the need for training young New Zealand seafarers to join the ageing maritime workforce.
"Coastal shipping is on the way back and we need to ensure that there are quality, well-paid and skilled jobs available for young people in the maritime industry."
Mr Hanson says the Maritime Union will be taking an active role in working with Government and industry to ensure the interests of maritime workers are promoted.

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