Benefits of shipping:
Resilience for natural disasters or emergencies.
Ships carry hazardous / dangerous cargo more safely than road, rail and air.
15% of New Zealand's inter-regional freight is carried by sea
Ships can handle oversized, heavy and bulky cargo that road, rail and air can't.
Freight volumes are forecast to increase 50% by 2040.
It won't all fit onto our roads!
New Zealand’s total freight task: 278.7 million tonnes.
Coastal shipping carries approx 10 million tonnes (3.5%).
1.15m people are transported across the Cook Strait every year
The volume of domestic freight moved by shipping has increased 50% over the last 10 years.
Approx $28 billion road and rail freight is shipped between the North and South Islands each year
1 standard container Auckland to Christchurch:
road: $2200-$3000
rail: $1300 - $1900
ship: $850 - $1300
418,470 containers are moved around the NZ coast per annum
Shipping: one-eighth the emissions of road per tonne of freight moved
Benefits of shipping:
Lower emissions per tonne of freight moved.
Increasing total freight carried by ship by just 2% would reduce total transport emissions by 16%.
Benefits of shipping:
Greater control over our domestic supply chains.
Shipping: 60% the emissions of rail per tonne of freight moved
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Full Steam Ahead (2015)

The purpose of this paper is to promote and stimulate discussion in regard to the
movement of goods and people around the New Zealand coast and between the North
and South Islands.

It looks at the opportunities to achieve better results, environmentally, economically and
ethically — true triple bottom line issues. It also looks at problems that could and should
be resolved and barriers that should be removed. The rapid rise of freight movements
around the coast and internationally gives this issue great urgency.

New Zealand is an island nation, defined by our coastline. You can see this on a map and
New Zealanders live it every day. We watch the ships and take an interest in them as
they come and go from our ports and as they sail past the coast. Our nation relies on sea
transport to get goods to New Zealand and to export goods to market.

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