Labour wants to us to own a shipping company that owns no ships!

Phil Goff is outshining his leader at the moment insisting on state control of a shipping company:

“It’s the smaller Polynesian countries most at risk here – what guarantees have they got that services will be maintained that are not simply on the basis of strict commercial profitability – what about the economic development of the Pacific?”

The upcoming sale had wide ramifications for small island nations and no debate had been had over the plans that could leave them in the lurch, he said.

“We don’t want to end up in a situation where commercial shipping lines can name their own price and leave Pacific countries struggling,” he said.

Goff said the sale seemed to be driven by a short-term desire to cut costs, and called for a wider debate on PFL and Pacific development.

And this fantastic shipping company that Phil Goff and Labour wants us to protect has how many ships?

“PFL was established to fulfil an important need, namely to offer regular shipping services that the private sector was not able to provide in the Pacific,” he said. “Since that time a great deal has changed, to the extent that the PFL no longer fulfils a number of its obligations. It now owns and operates no ships and participates in what is effectively a code share relationship with private sector shippers.” Despite once being a profitable enterprise, PFL has recently financially deteriorated, with losses totalling $14 million in the two years to June 2011.

No ships and losing $14 million in two years…sounds like a bang up investment for us all…perhaps the Maritime Union might like to buy it with their cash reserves?


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  • BJ

    Goff is just trying to gain ‘brownie’ points from naive Pacific island constituents.

  • Dave

    Sounds like the ideal investment for Maori, they could claim most of the cost under Treaty settlements, and employ Whanau to run it in NZ, and a few PI’s to run it in the islands. Maori have a lot of experiance in shipping, they managed to navigate to NZ from the PI’s without modern compasses or satellite systems, and did so under their own power. Could be a win win situation.

  • In Vino Veritas

    Again, no-one here should be at all surprised. After all, it’s just another Kiwirail deal.
    Labour have shown themselves to be bereft of any business sense so should stay well away from anything remotely resembling one. I’m not sure how “receipts must be greater than payments” can be misinterpreted.
    If we can’t all be happy, let’s all share the misery equally.

    • Whafe

      Agree, Labour wouldn’t know Shit from Clay in regards to any business sense…
      Any political party that throught Kiwirail was a great purchase should be, well not allowed to govern the country ever!

  • Patrick

    Those sort of company results would have Cullen reaching for the NZ taxpayers cheque book. If only he could get his lying hands on it….

  • conwaycaptain

    I did the first voyage as Mate on the Toa Moana on the PFL charter in 1977!!!
    I was also mate on the Forum New Zealand 1 on thye NZ/Honiara/Lae/Moresby/Brisbane/NZ run in the mid 80’s. The company had several ships on charter from the NZ Govt as part of the NZ Aid. FONZ1 then FONZ2 amd the Forum PNG.
    They also had two ships supplied by the German Govt as an overseas aid project theses were RoRo container vessels.
    Over the years the NZ Manned ships went then eventually they got rid of the NZ officers on the German supplied ships and replaced them with Flips.\
    The ships went and then they just slot chartered on other companies vessels.
    Thye problem is that basically the cargo is one way. Chokker N Bound and MT S Bound. This nmeans that the cntainers will only carry one paying cargo every 3-4 months!!!!
    I have always wondered WHY they never expanded their fleet and went into bulk shipping and supply employment for PI seamen.
    The NZ Govt Director at the moment on the Board of PFL is Dave Morgan ex Pres of the NZSU!!!

  • conwaycaptain

    BTW a company that slot charters on other ships and doesnt own any ships of their own is a Non Vessel Owning Common Carrier. This is quite common.

  • conwaycaptain

    Maritime NZ, the people that are meant to oversee the safety at sea in NZ have:
    As GM a Real EState Agent.
    Chairman of the board a R-Adm Rtd!!!!
    On the Board Dave Morgan ex Pres of the NZSU

  • johnbronkhorst

    Sounds like a dirict quote from the MUNZ “Election 2011” document.

  • Gazzaw

    If the Pacific islands want a shipping company then maybe they should talk to the Chinese. If NZ was to finance it then the inevitable losses should be deducted from our aid programme.

  • GregM

    Reef Shipping run a good service to the islands already.
    Latest schedule here: