Today is World Maritime Day and while it is not widely celebrated outside our industry perhaps it should be. This year the organisers of the day the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a body of the United Nations, is celebrating its 70th year of existence.
Ports Australia’s chief executive Mike Gallacher has welcomed the Australian Governments decision to support the recommendation of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to pass the Coastal Trading amendment bill before the parliament.
Ports Australia today joined the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Michael McCormack MP in thanking the independent Expert Panel and the team that put countless hours into the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Report that was released today.
The Australian Logistics Council, Australasian Railway Association, Ports Australia and Shipping Australia have today joined together to call for clarification of how the Biosecurity Levy, announced by the Australian Government in the Federal Budget last week, will operate. Particularly how the generated revenue will be spent.
Ports Australia is encouraged to see continued spending on infrastructure in the 2018 Budget but stresses that a stronger economy and more liveable cities requires a balanced freight network being used to its potential.
Ports Australia is incredibly pleased that the Federal Government and the NSW State Government have today committed $400m of funding for the duplication of the freight line between Port Botany and Mascot.
Trade through the Port of Melbourne saw widespread growth in March 2018, with full and empty containers, motor vehicles and breakbulk all showing increases on the same period last year.
After a three week shutdown for installation, NSW Ports has been able to use its new gangway the first time on a gas tanker ship for cargo operations.