Dermot Loughnane

Australian seafarers

Australia: Free Trade Shouldn't Kill Cabotage

By Dermot Loughnane 2017-04-17 19:39:26

I admit I have been on both sides of cabotage. I have temporarily imported ships to carry cargoes (though only for short periods), imported ships that created new employment opportunities and conversely swore profusely when the government allowed charterers to use imported ships to take away opportunities from the national flag fleet that I managed. Charterers must compete in an open market, where every other charterer will do everything they can to gain an advantage. How could they do otherwise?...

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