Coastal Trading Update

The Government has embarked on a review of the coastal trading regime to see if there is scope for change, without changing the fundamentals of how the system works.  

The Department of Infrastructure is leading this work and is considering several issues separately to ensure that progress is made where it can be and not held up by areas where there may not be agreement.  The areas of focus are: cargo, passengers and skills.

It is hoped that meaningful change to facilitate cargo movements is possible.  Changes within the passenger sector are more challenging and the maritime skills issues transcend coastal trading – so we very much hope that progress in that area can be de-coupled for the coastal trading agenda.

2020 should be a year where progress is made on coastal trading and MIAL is at the forefront.

Teresa Lloyd

December 17, 2019