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Tuesday, 9 October 1956


Mr Duthie (WILMOT, TASMANIA) e asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice -

1.   What are the government and private shipyards in Australia?

2.   How many persons were employed in these shipyards in 1949, 1953 and 1956?

3.   How many ships have been built in government and in private shipyards since 1941, and what were the respective tonnages?

4.   What orders, showing the tonnage and estimated cost in each case, have been placed by the Commonwealth Government and by private shipping companies in (a) Australia and (b) overseas?


Mr Townley - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has supplied the following answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   The government shipyards in Australia are - State Dockyard, Newcastle, and

H.M.A. Naval Establishment, Williamstown. The principal private shipyards are -

Broken Hill Proprietary Limited, Whyalla. Cockatoo Dock and Engineering Company Proprietary Limited, Sydney.

Evans Deakin and Company Limited, Brisbane.

Morts Dock and Engineering Company, Sydney.

Poole and Steel Limited, Sydney, and

Walkers Limited, Maryborough, Queensland. There are also a number of smaller establishments capable of building vessels up to 200 tons.

2.   Exact figures regarding the number of employees at these shipyards cannot be given but it is estimated that the number at present employed direct on merchant and naval shipbuilding is 5,250 men. This figure has not varied materially during the period 1949 to 1956 although the numbers at the individual yards have fluctuated up and down on occasions. 3. (a) Merchant vessels over 300 tons built in government shipyards since 1941 -

Two River class freighters of 8,500 d.w.t. each.

Four " D " class freighters of 3,000 d.w.t. each.

Two "DA" class freighters of 3,100 d.w.t. each.

Two "US" class freighters of 3,000 d.w.t. each.

Two passenger/cargo vessels of 2,000 d.w.t. each.

(b)   Merchant vessels over 300 tons built in private shipyards since 1941 -

Four Yampi class bulk carriers of 12,500 d.w.t. each.

Two Lake class bulk carriers of 10,000 d.w.t. each.

One Whyalla class bulk carrier of 10,000 d.w.t.

Eleven River class freighters of 8,500 d.w.t. each.

Two Chieftain class bulk carriers of 8,000 d.w.t. each.

Eleven "B" class freighters of 6,500 d.w.t. each.

One " I " class collier of 7,000 d.w.t.

Two " Y " class colliers of 4,750 d.w.t. each.

Five " D " class general cargo vessels of 3,000 d.w.t. each.

One "MM" class collier of 2,100 d.w.t.

Five " E " class general cargo vessels of 622 d.w.t. each.

4.   Vessels being built to orders placed by the Commonwealth Government are as follows: -

(a)   In Australia -

Six Lake class bulk carriers of 10,000 d.w.t. each. Average cost £1,400,000 each.

Two " 1 " class colliers of 7,000 d.w.t. each. Average cost £950,000 each. Two Esk class grain/cargo carriers of 2,000 d.w.t. each. Average cost £650,000 each.

(b)   Overseas. - Nil.

Vessels being built to orders placed by private shipowners are as follows: -

(a)   In Australia -

One Whyalla class bulk carrier of 10,000 d.w.t. Estimated cost £1,900,000.

Two bulk carriers of 19,000 d.w.t Average cost £2,700,000 each.

(b)   Overseas -

 







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