Thursday 28th September is the International Maritime Organisation’s World Maritime Day.
This year’s theme, “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” should be a wake-up call for all Australians, a day to reflect on how we are absolutely dependent on our connections to the world which are provided by international ships operating though Australia’s network of ports.
IMO secretary General Kitack Lim said, “Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade.”
An often-overlooked force for good in the world, the Australian maritime sector: our ports, stevedores, tugs, pilots, and border agencies work diligently 24/7, and with increasing efficiency, to move cargo safely, maintaining navigational safety and maritime security while protecting the marine environment.
Through greater appreciation of the role played by ships and ports, Australians may recognise that the opportunities of better connections provide for the sustainable development of a more resilient community which drives towards greater global stability.
“Most Australian’s don’t recognise the vital role that shipping plays in supporting Australia,” Shipping Australia CEO, Rod Nairn said.
“Ships keep Australia’s economy afloat by enabling export earnings, and by bringing us the imported good essential to support every Australian’s standard of living.
“Without international shipping, the world would stop. Think about that” he concluded.
For additional information contact Rod Nairn, chief executive officer on 0449 902 457.
Shipping Australia is a peak national shipping association comprising 35 member shipping lines and shipping agents that would be involved with over 70 per cent of Australia’s container and car trade, over 60 per cent of our break bulk and bulk trades, and significant cruise ship and tug operations.