Our Coast. Our Fuel. Our Security.
With the closure of Caltex's Kurnell refinery and Shell's Clyde refinery in Sydney and planned closures by BP in Brisbane, Australia now imports 91 per cent of its petroleum by foreign tankers – up from 60 per cent in 2000. Yet Australia has no law requiring companies to keep even the minimum fuel reserves that the International Energy Agency requires in the country, so the oil companies don’t bother.
There are currently 5 Australian crewed tankers that operate domestically supplying the needs of cities and communities around the coast but these jobs are under threat. Our vessel and at least one other is under immediate and imminent threat of removal from the coast.