as at January 2015
Coastal shipping appears to be taken for granted by policy-makers, especially when compared to the attention given to the other parts of this country's transport infrastructure, road and rail. Coastal shipping is a vital part of any integrated intermodal transport system.
Changes are happening in international shipping that will have a flow-on effect to this country. We think this needs to be seen as an opportunity for coastal shipping rather than just having an impact on the relative priorities for land transport investments\" BIM 2014
Coastal shipping is an environmentally efficient way to move goods and people around New Zealand.
Coastal shipping gets freight off the roads, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves the health of all New Zealanders. If the freight carried by New Zealand's coastal fleet, excluding that of Cook Strait, was shifted to land-based transport it would mean well over an additional 180,000 20-tonne truck movements and 40 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
ETS credits are imposing a cost on the sector that is out of line with international norms. Recent changes requiring the use of NZ credits means a cost increase from approximately .02 cents per litre to as much as 3.3 cents per litre.
The Federation and its members are committed to the health and safety of staff and passengers. As sector expects, we want to work with policy makers and other stakeholders to ensure everyone gets home safely.
The staffing pipeline for shipping is long and complex at it is a combination of training, skills and experience (mandated timelines). New Zealand needs to have access to foreign skilled and experienced staff to fil gaps in the existing local workforce, especially while experience is being gained.
It would be desirable to be able to import foreign nationals for short term temporary contracts (in the region of three months) whilst our junior officers gain the experience needed to allow for promotion. This is in line with the arrangements in place for the fishing sector.
The Federation and its members want to work with policy makers to ensure that levies are fairly attributed to the users of services, in line with the Auditor General's 2008 Guidelines for Charging Fees for Public Sector Goods and Services. We also want to work with policy makers to ensure that services are provided efficiently and effectively so that levies are reasonable.
Goods and services outside the levies also need to be provided efficiently so that the charges are reasonable. Where possible, public sector should be bench-marked against the charges for similar services provided in other countries.
As sector experts, the members of the Federation are a valuable resource. We are happy to be part of the policy making process.