Lost at sea: an assessment of the Productivity Commission’s report on container port productivity

This research challenges the methodology and conclusions of a recent Productivity Commission study of productivity in Australia’s container port system. The report suggests that the Commission’s exercise was ideologically motivated, and failed to properly interpret its own data.

Robbed at sea: endemic wage theft from seafarers in Australian waters

This research finds that seafarers working on foreign-registered freight ships in Australian waters face regular theft of wages and other entitlements due to legal loopholes and poor enforcement of labour standards.
Draft report

Lifting productivity at Australia’s container ports: between water, wharf and warehouse - draft report

This draft report examines the performance of Australia's maritime logistics system. Long-term trends in system performance are analysed, and competition, industrial relations, infrastructure constraints and technology uptake are also examined.

Coastal shipping investment approach

This report assists Waka Kotahi on how best to invest the funding that has been allocated and to provide Waka Kotahi with an up-to-date view of the sector’s shape and its key challenges and opportunities.

Container stevedoring monitoring report 2020-21

This report presents information on the financial and operational performance of the monitored container stevedores, as well as observations regarding key developments within the sector relating to COVID-19 and prior supply chain transformation, competition and port regulation.

Confidence testing for at-border delivery of critical human biosecurity functions – Ruby Princess cruise ship incident

This review examines the level of confidence that can be had in Agriculture’s management of the Vessels Pathway to deliver critical human biosecurity functions at the Australian border.
Discussion paper

Independent review of the Victorian ports system: discussion paper

The Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System was formally launched by the Minister for Ports and Freight, the Hon. Melissa Horne, at a Ports Round Table event on 30 January 2020. The release of this discussion paper for public comment is an important step...

Safety and shipping review 2020

Given the global shipping industry is responsible for transporting as much as 90% of world trade, the safety of its vessels is critical. This report identifies loss trends and highlights coronavirus, climate, security and technology-related challenges for the maritime sector.
Discussion paper

New Zealand’s potential accession to International Maritime Organization treaty - MARPOL Annex VI: prevention of air pollution from ships

This consultation seeks views from the public and interested parties on whether New Zealand should sign up to an international treaty for the prevention of air emissions from ships.
Policy report

Denmark as a new security actor in the Gulf of Guinea

After a decade of dedicated attention to Somali piracy in the Horn of Africa, the international community is focussing increasingly on the rising challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. This includes Denmark. Recent Danish engagement in maritime security in the Global south...

The global maritime industry remains unprepared for future cybersecurity challenges

With around 50,000 ships at sea or in port at any one time, the maritime transport industry is highly exposed to cyberattacks. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reacted quickly in introducing guidelines in response to terrorist attacks on shipping, but has arguably been slower in...

Inquiry into national freight and supply chain priorities

This inquiry examined import-export supply chains, inter/intra state supply chains, urban supply chains and supply chain integration, which included resource and agricultural freight and regional and remote freight.

Independent review of conditions for the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer

Dr Michael McCarthy was engaged by the Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister to advise on conditions and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was...
Policy report

Decarbonising maritime transport: pathways to zero-carbon shipping by 2035

This report provides an updated baseline scenario for the development of emissions to 2035 and gives an overview of measures that can effectively reduce shipping emissions.

Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia: report

This report recommends that the Australian government undertake a comprehensive, whole-of-government review into the potential economic, security and environmental risks presented by flag of convenience vessels and foreign crews.
Discussion paper

Second container port advice - evidence base discussion paper

This discussion paper provides an overview of the evidence Infrastructure Victoria will consider in developing its advice to the Special Minister of State on when and where the Government should invest in new container port capacity for the State. This is not our advice to...
Discussion paper

Preparing advice on Victoria's future ports capacity

The Special Minister of State has asked Infrastructure Victoria to provide advice on the future capacity of Victoria’s commercial ports. This paper sets out the scope of our advice, and how we plan to prepare it. In particular, in line with the Minister’s request, we...

Keeping the sea lanes open: a cost–benefit analysis

Defence and economics mix in ways that aren’t considered by military strategists ONE OF the convictions that drives military policy in the developed world is a shared belief in the importance of keeping sea lanes open. For the authors of Australia’s white paper on defence...

Perth freight link: good idea, wrong port

The Perth Freight Link (PFL) has been announced as a major transport opportunity to solve the heavy goods truck problems in Perth. By taking trucks via a toll road around an extended Roe Highway, through Stock Road and Leach Highway to the Fremantle Inner Harbour...

Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics

Overview: Sydney Harbour is a paradox: one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, yet few other estuaries are as modified and polluted. Many sites in the Harbour don’t meet water quality guidelines for contaminants such as nutrients and faecal bacteria. Water quality is...

Cruising's dirty secret

Cruise liners berthed near homes on Sydney harbour are burning a carcinogenic fuel banned in US and European ports. Residents say they’re getting sick but the cruise companies have refused to burn cleaner fuel and the government says it won’t act to stop the dirty...

Container stevedoring monitoring report no.16

Presents the ACCC’s monitoring results and observations about the role of competition in Australian container stevedoring. Key messages There is now greater competition in container stevedoring Increased competition has delivered benefits to users of stevedoring services and the wider Australian community in 2013–14. Productivity has...

Australian naval shipbuilding since the 2013 election: a quick guide

This Quick Guide provides an overview of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry since the 2013 federal election. Specifically, three key questions are addressed: What is the current status of naval shipbuilding and sustainment within Australia? What are the positions of Australian political parties and independents...

Tasmanian shipping and freight - inquiry report

This report examines the issues affecting the competitiveness of Tasmanian business as they relate to shipping, port, road, and rail infrastructure and services. It also focuses on the effectiveness of the freight and passenger subsidy schemes and assesses the alignment of their objectives and outcomes...

Cost benefit analysis and economic impact analysis of the Kiribati Marine Training Centre

Kiribati is a country facing numerous economic, social, demographic and environmental challenges. It is a country with limited natural resources. Infertile soils, severely restricted land and water resources coupled with limited economic prospects renders Kiribati a developing nation. Kiribati’s population are geographically spread across 32...