Election 2011 - Party Policies - Transport - Shipping

Election 2011 - Party Policies - Transport - Shipping

Shipping

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  • Investigate proposals for a concessionary 'tonnage tax' and/or a container tax as discussed by the multi-party Shipping Review as a means of developing the coastal shipping industry.
  • Ensure that adequate labour standards (wages and conditions) on international vessels in New Zealand waters are maintained, irrespective of the flag under which the ship operates.
  • Support the move under CER to consider trips between Australian ports, New Zealand ports, and Australian and New Zealand ports as a single market.
  • Address port market power as it pertains to the 'captured user'.
  • Investigate the feasibility of re-establishing some coastal shipping facilities in areas remote from rail and which are currently only served by road.
  • Restore cabotage for New Zealand coastal shipping.
  • Ensure New Zealand Transport Agency and local authorities have the resources and skills to properly evaluate shipping projects as part of considering options for freight movement.
  • Work to encourage the development of hybrid vessels (eg wind/solar), building on work already done in Germany, Japan and Scandinavia, which are less dependent on cheap fossil fuels.
  • Steadily raise biosecurity inspection standards for containers and other cargo.
  • Tighten procedures for managing risks associated with discharges of ballast water for both domestic and international shipping.
  • Encourage greater cooperation between ports to ensure that biosecurity inspection standards can be steadily raised without causing undue disruption to port operations.
  • Enhance our ability to prevent exotic species from entering New Zealand and the ability to respond to any incursions that do occur (e.g. continued and expanded public education, six-sided inspection of cargo containers, off-shore inspection of containers, increased staff training and technology, emergency response fund, permanent pest surveillance programmes around ports). (more here)

  • Labour will revisit the “Sea Change” strategy we launched in 2008, which aimed to revitalise and transform coastal shipping in New Zealand.
  • Labour will tag funding from the National Land Transport Programme to facilitate an increase in coastal shipping. This is important as we explore ways to avoid a high carbon future.
  • Labour will urgently review New Zealand‟s preparedness for marine oil spills, especially the capability of Maritime New Zealand.
  • Labour will accede to the international treaties which define and simplify the compensation regime that applies in the event of future oil spills.
  • Labour will review the minimum technical requirements for navigation systems of large vessels operating in New Zealand waters. (more here)

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  • Promote barging and coastal shipping services where economically viable as an alternative to land-based freight movement. (more here)

 

 

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