This year’s World Maritime Day theme of ‘Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet’ is an opportunity to focus on the future of the shipping industry and the billions of people who rely on it.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Australian agricultural exports, which helped feed and clothe the world, relied on sustainable shipping.
“Australia is an island nation and 99% of our trade flows through ports,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This year has tested the resilience of the international maritime sector, but through adversity it continues to operate robustly, ensuring essential goods such as food, fuel and medical supplies are being delivered to those in need.
“That is a credit to the many people and businesses who work in this global industry, including most importantly our seafarers and certainly those who have been at sea for extended periods of time.
“The Australian Government recognises the importance of crew changes during the current COVID-19 restrictions to support the safety and welfare of seafarers and the environmentally safe operation of ships.
“We are working hard with industry and the states and territories to facilitate crew changes to keep shipping operating and our imports and exports moving.
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise Australian seafarers and seafarers all around the world – whether you are working far from home, or on our Australian coastline.
“You are essential to the lives and well-being of all Australians and all our neighbours in the Pacific.
“Today we recognise the important work of the global shipping community, recognising their dedication to building a sustainable industry for the future, including by reducing emissions from shipping.”