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MARITIME Industry Australia and the New Zealand Shipping Federation on Thursday signed an agreement for MIAL to provide professional maritime advice and expertise to compliment the inhouse capabilities of the NZSF.

A statement from MIAL said the two organisations have a relationship that dates back decades, with the agreement taking that relationship to a new level.

MIAL chair Allen Dobie said, “There is a tremendous synergy in the combined New Zealand and Australian maritime industries. We are all stronger when we work together, and we are looking forward to deepening our engagement with our colleagues in New Zealand.”

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NZSF president Clive Glover said, “The NZSF is moving into a new phase of advocacy and engagement and we’re looking forward to our partnership with MIAL creating stronger international connections and first-class advice for our members.”

MIAL CEO Teresa Lloyd said, “MIAL is delighted to be able to work with the NZSF in this capacity and we see many opportunities for mutual benefit by virtue of the broader cohort of members/vessel operators that will participate in MIAL discussions.”

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