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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ICS continues to grow as it welcomes NZSF to full membership (2023)

As of 11 October 2023, the New Zealand Shipping Federation has become a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping. Prior to this, NZSF was an affiliate member.

The International Chamber of Shipping is at the forefront of advocacy on issues impacting our industry. It’s important that we are at the table, working on solutions before they impact New Zealand.

The move from affiliate to full membership will enhance collaboration between the ICS and NZSF who can now participate at all committees and be able to participate at the ICS Board. This will increase the geographical spread of the ICS Board members which will help to ensure a balanced view of the international shipping landscape, so that the ICS can shape the future of shipping as the industry works together to find solutions to collective issues including piracy, seafarer welfare and training, digitisation, and decarbonisation.

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