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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Mid-Point funding Review reveals Government yet again underfunds the maritime sector

Mid-Point funding Review reveals Government yet again underfunds the maritime sector

Media Release 27 November 2015

Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, needs to urgently address the underfunding of Maritime NZ’s operations, says Annabel Young, Executive Director of the NZ Shipping Federation.

The midpoint revue of the Maritime Levy has resulted in new levy proposals that are dumping costs onto the marine sector. These costs of MNZ are operational and should be met by government funding.

Maritime NZ’s role is substantially for the benefit of the public. Every New Zealander benefits from safe, secure and clean maritime operations.

By ensuring that ships in New Zealand waters are meeting international maritime standards the government is meeting its own obligations under international treaties, as well as ensuring the uninterrupted import and export of goods from this country.

Maritime transport is New Zealand’s lifeline. The Minister of Transport needs to step up and acknowledge the significant importance of the maritime part of his role and become an advocate for the sector. Maritime should not be treated as an optional add-on to New Zealand transport infrastructure.

For further comment or information:

Annabel Young 021 429 216