Coastal Trad­ing change?

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Govt has in­tro­duced a bill that would ease up re­stric­tions on su­pery­acht char­ters in Aus­tralia, pav­ing the way for more ex­pe­di­tion ships to visit and stay longer in lo­cal wa­ters.

If passed, the amend­ment to the Coastal Trad­ing (Re­vi­tal­is­ing Aus­tralian Ship­ping) Act 2012 would re­move the pro­hib­i­tive costs re­lated to the im­por­ta­tion of a ves­sel and re­duce the re­quired num­ber of char­tered voy­ages from five to one.

The move would es­sen­tially make it cheaper and eas­ier for su­pery­acht op­er­a­tors to do busi­ness in Aus­tralia.

It’s es­ti­mated su­pery­achts cur­rently gen­er­ate around $1.96b an­nu­ally and with the pro­posed re­forms could con­trib­ute an ad­di­tional $1.12b to the Aus­tralian econ­omy by 2021.

Last week Po­nant chair­man Sa­rina Brat­ton called for a change to the act, high­light­ing “many com­pa­nies that would love to call Aus­tralia home but they can’t” ( CW 07 Sep).

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