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Friday, 8 May 1970

Mr Hansen asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has he received any report of the success, or otherwise, of the methods of dispersement of oil escaping from the tanker Oceanic Grandeur.

(2)   ls he satisfied that the detergents used and the methods of application would be capable of dealing with any further oil spills or leakages.

(3)   Has he been notified of any effect the oil and/or the detergent has had on bird or marine life, including cultured pearl banks.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Reports received indicate that apart from some minor practical difficulties the methods used were successful in the case of the Oceanic Grandeur. However, only limited quantities of dispersant were used and then only in the immediate vicinity of the ship.

(2)   The methods used and the detergents if any applied have to be related to the circumstances of the particular spillage and it does not follow that the methods or the detergents used in the case of the Oceanic Grandeur would be appropriate to further oil spills.

(3)   Reports received through Queensland port authorities indicate no damage to pearl culture beds and that there was no significant effect on birds or murine life.

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