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Notice given 29 March 2006

1670  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the abandoned vessel identified as Jian Seng :

(1) On what date was the vessel first sighted in Australian waters.

(2) Who first sighted the vessel.

(3) Who reported it to the Australian Customs Service and/or another agency.

(4) On what date was it reported.

(5) What was the location of the vessel when first sighted.

(6) What activity was the vessel engaged in at the time of this first sighting.

(7) Was the vessel under tow.

(8) Was the vessel drifting.

 

 (9) Were any people on board the vessel.

(10) Was the vessel in the vicinity of other vessels; if so, what is the identity of these vessels.

(11) On what date was the: (a) Australian Customs Service; (b) Minister’s office; and (c) the Minister, informed of this sighting.

(12) On what date did Customs undertake an aerial inspection of the vessel.

(13) What prompted this aerial inspection.

(14) If it was a further sighting: (a) who made the report; (b) what was the location of the vessel at the time of this sighting; and (c) what activity was the vessel engaged in at the time of this inspection.

(15) Was the vessel drifting.

(16) Was the vessel in the vicinity of other vessels.

(17) What was the location of the vessel at the time of the aerial inspection.

(18) What activity was the vessel engaged in at the time of this inspection.

(19) Was the vessel in the vicinity of other vessels; if so, what is the identity of these vessels

(20) Was the vessel under tow.

(21) On what date was a Customs vessel dispatched to intercept the vessel.

(22) From which port was the Customs vessel dispatched.

(23) What prompted the dispatch of the Customs vessel.

(24) If it was a further sighting: (a) who made the report; (b) what was the location of the vessel at the time of this sighting; and (c) what activity was the vessel engaged in at the time of this inspection.

(25) Was the vessel drifting.

(26) Was the vessel in the vicinity of other vessels.

(27) On what date did the Customs vessel intercept the vessel.

(28) On what date was the vessel boarded.

(29) What was the reason for the delayed boarding.

(30) How was the vessel identified.

(31) What volume of rice was found on board.

(32) What other goods were found.

(33) Did officials of any other agency board the vessel with Customs.

(34) With reference to the statement by a Customs spokesperson that ‘it appears to have been adrift for some time before we boarded it’: how was it ascertained that the vessel had been adrift for some time.

(35) How long had the vessel been adrift before it was boarded.

(36) On what dates was: (a) the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (b) the Office of Transport Security; and (c) Maritime Safety Queensland, informed the vessel was drifting in Australian waters.

(37) On what date were other vessels in the area alerted about the hazard represented by the unmanned and unlit vessel.

(38) On what date was responsibility for the vessel passed to AMSA.

(39) What disaggregated costs have been borne by the department and its agencies in relation to the identification and management of the vessel.