Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Celebrating World Maritime Day

Media Release

WT182/2014

25 September 2014

Across the globe, the international maritime transport industry is today celebrating World Maritime Day and the industry's contribution to the worldwide economies.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said maritime transport is invaluable to the global community.

“World Maritime Day is an annual celebration to recognise the hard work of more than 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, including more than 10,000 seafarers—almost half of whom are Navy personnel—employed in Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“As the world's largest island nation, Australia is particularly reliant on shipping. Ships transport more than 99.5 per cent of Australia's international trade, by volume. In 2012–13, more than 4,900 cargo ships from overseas made almost 14,000 visits to Australian ports.”

Mr Truss said the Australian Government was committed to delivering reforms to remove red tape burdens in the local maritime sector and to stimulate the coastal shipping industry.

“Efficient coastal shipping is a necessity for this country—and will reduce costs for shippers and their customers,” he said.

“An Australian Government options paper on improving coastal shipping regulation shows that, without action, coastal shipping will continue to lose market share to road and rail, adding to congestion in our cities and causing additional wear and tear on infrastructure.

“World Maritime Day is a day to reflect on the international maritime industry's contribution to effective global conventions—indeed this year's theme is the effective implementation of these conventions—and to also reflect on the importance of our local shipping industry.”

World Maritime Day is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) initiative. Australia is a key player at the IMO, having served on its governing Council for over 40 years.