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Monday, February 20, 2006

New Burnie Shipping Service - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

New Burnie Shipping Service - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Infrastructure Minister Bryan Green says the rationalisation of Tasmania’s ports administration has helped secure a new export freight service.


Mr Green welcomed the announcement by MSC, Mediterranean Shipping Company Australia, that its weekly “Kiwi Service” would include a call at Burnie starting tomorrow.


“The forecast growth of export trade was the consideration that drove the decision to merge Tasmania’s four-ports system into the single Tasports which started operation from the beginning of this year.


“The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics has estimated that the national freight task will double over the period 2000 to 2020.

“Largely because of our island status Tasmania’s ports are already handling ever-increasing volumes of freight and it is expected our freight task will exceed the national forecasts in the next 15 years.

“Certainly the move by MSC is a fantastic vote of confidence in the future of our State economy, which has been resurgent under this stable majority Labor Government.

“The company’s choice of Burnie as a terminal for general containerised cargo service also reinforces the Government’s belief and commitment to the continuation of our four operating ports.

“It is vital that our ports are able to negotiate from a strong base to maintain a competitive environment for Bass Strait trade.

“This new service being offered by Mediterranean can only encourage that outcome.”

The schedule for the Kiwi Service is:

· Sydney: Depart Monday AM

· Burnie: Arrives PM Tuesday and Departs AM Wednesday

· Melbourne: Arrive AM Thursday and Depart AM Friday

· Auckland: Arrive PM Tuesday and Depart AM Wednesday

· Tauranga: Arrive PM Wednesday and Depart AM Thursday

· Sydney: Arrive PM Sunday.


The Managing Director of MSC Australia, Kevin Clarke, said including Burnie in the rotation highlighted the importance of Tasmania in Australia’s overall export market.


“Not only do we provide a direct link between Tasmanian and New Zealand – we also connect Tasmania to the world through our global relay services,” Mr Clarke said.


Mr Green said the Kiwi Service would provide Tasmanian exporters with an important alternative to get their products to New Zealand along with markets anywhere in the world.

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