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ANL is celebrating World Oceans Day today by reinforcing its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef with a new coral nursery and additional support from industry.

The shipping company launched its Reef Recovery program in 2020 to aid the regeneration of the Great Barrier Reef in the face of multiple coral bleaching events.

A coral nursery was established off the Queensland coast at the time of the launch with support from ANL and the Reef Restoration Foundation, but a second nursery is being established at Moore Reef with support from clients participating in the initiative.

As part of the Reef Recovery program, nursery frames are stocked with rescue coral taken from the sea floor after rough weather, giving healthy coral segments a second chance at life.  

ANL managing director Shane Walden said the company is committed to renewed shipping organisation Better Ways.

The Better Ways initiative features a sustainability strategy which, among other environmental goals, aims to support the preservation and regeneration of marine biodiversity and life on land.

“When it comes to the planet this means both tackling the energy transition to achieve our net zero carbon goals as part of the CMA CGM Group and conserving the natural environment, in particular life below water,” Mr Walden said.

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“Along with likeminded partners in Australia, we are proud to be joined in the support of this natural wonder of the world, right here on our doorstep.”

Clients supporting the expansion of the initiative include Coles Supermarkets, Costa Group. Gori, Gilmac and Kalgin Logistics.

Kalgin Logistics managing director Richard Lamport said company is committed to finding ways to contribute to sustaining the fragile environment.

“Kalgin’s board of directors and leadership team are acutely aware that our industry relies on ocean vessels and aircraft to deliver goods around the world for our clients and the impact that has on the environment,” Mr Lamport said.

“When we were approached by CMA CGM to participate in their Reef Recovery initiative, we knew we had to be a part of it.

“As an avid diver, myself, I’ve seen first-hand the impact our world is having on the marine environment.

“We applaud CMA CGM for their significant contribution to helping to restore the Great Barrier Reef and feel very honoured to be given the opportunity to make a contribution.”

Since the Reef Recovery program launched in Australia the initiative has expanded globally with similar operations in South East Asia, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and North America.

The United Nations’ World Oceans Day is celebrated annually to remind people of the role oceans have in everyday life, highlight the impact human actions have on the ocean and mobilise projects designed to protect it.

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