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THE MARITIME Union of New Zealand has highlighted the potential benefits for trans-Tasman shipping with the introduction of Australia’s new Labor government.

The union envisages a solution to ongoing transport disruption with the re-introduction of Australian and New Zealand flagged and crewed vessels.

MUNZ national secretary Craig Harrison said there has been a significant change in attitudes towards local shipping with industry now demanding reliable and secure shipping, noting a transition from just in time to just in case thinking in the logistics sector.

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According to Mr Harrison, with similar governments leading both countries, there is potential to align shipping policies and build regional transport links.

“We have had some very positive results in New Zealand with the government working with local shipping companies to develop coastal shipping, and there are strong reasons to expand this to regional shipping services.”

He said dedicated trans-Tasman shipping could assist with the ongoing congestion and delays in international shipping.

“It is essential New Zealand and Australia build up our blue water shipping capacity and have our own crews and ships providing secure supply chains.”

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