National Shipping Industry Conference began in Melbourne

icons/AMSA.jpgAustralia's seventh National Shipping Industry Conference, Natship12, will be held this week inMelbourne, with attendance by 200 industry leaders, policy makers, mariners and internationalexperts.

This is a significant year for the industry, with the implementation of some of the most importantreforms in the nation's maritime history. Shipping is crucial to Australia's economic future, with 99% of our trade taking place via ships.

Astrong and viable maritime sector is essential to service the anticipated trebling in freight loadover the next two decades.With the conference theme 'Our Shipping Future,' Natship12 is hosted by the AustralianMaritime Safety Authority, in partnership with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport,Australian Shipowners Association and Australian Maritime Systems, and will be held from 6-8August 2012.

A range of high calibre national and international speakers will present at the conference,including Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization and MrGary Prosser, Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigationand Lighthouse Authorities.

Tomorrow, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, will outline thereforms being implemented as part of the Australian Government's Revitalising AustralianShipping Legislation.Some of these reforms include the establishment of a single national regulator with one set oflaws replacing conflicting state and territory regulations and the modernisation of the NavigationAct 1912. Other topics to be discussed during the conference include protecting the Great Barrier Reef,Australia's search and rescue arrangements, the maritime workforce and shipping's economicfuture.

Source: AMSA