Maritime Industry Australia CEO Teresa Lloyd says the industry has finally received “the attention it deserves” after Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce promised a re-elected coalition government to boost Australia’s merchant shipping.
Currently, the Australian commercial fleet has 13 large-scale vessels, which are expected to drop to nine by 2024.
“We’ve had an unprecedented number of issues affecting the industry, one after the other and in combination,” Ms Lloyd told Sky News presenter Peta Credlin.
“We’ve had the COVID crisis, we had a ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, we had cut the railway line due to the flooding between the east coast and the west coast and of course we now have the terrible war in Ukraine.”
She said these things have reminded us of the “fragility” in Australia’s supply chains.