As an island nation, Australia needs a national shipping fleet.
The Maritime Union of Australia has a vision for shipping that will not only boost our national economic interest but deliver employment opportunities for Australian workers.
The creation of a national strategic fleet, consisting of dozens of large commercial trading vessels, would move containers and bulk goods between Australian ports and carry Australian goods to international markets.
A specialist fleet of ships to undertake offshore wind energy production would allow Australia to become an energy exporting powerhouse in a low-carbon emissions world.
By once again making Australia a regional centre of maritime commerce, it would contribute to regional security and the nation’s economic prosperity.
This vision would also create thousands of jobs for Australian seafarers and those in maritime support services.
The MUA is seeking to work with Federal, State, and industry stakeholders to make this vision become a reality.
With political leadership, these sensible reforms will boost the nation's economic and security interests for decades to come.