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Tuesday, 12 May 1970

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

Is the design of the bulk carriers 'Darling River', Iron Hunter', 'Bogong' and other ships of similar size built in Australia in the last S years in any way similar to the Japanese-owned bulk carriers Bolivar Maru' of 54,000 DWT lost on 5 January 1970, and the 'California Maru' of 62,000 DWT lost on 10 February 1970.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: 1 am advised that there is some similarity between the 'Darling River', 'Iron Hunter', 'Bogong', Yarra River' and the 'Bolivar Maru' as the basic design of the Australian ships was prepared by the Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Tokyo, the builder of the 'Bolivar Maru'. The Australian ships were however constructed at the Whyalla Shipbuilding and Engineering Works, Whyalla.

The 'California Maru' and the 'Bolivar Maru' are of about the same size and were built in the same year to Nippon Kaiji Kyokai requirements. However I am unable to say whether their basic designs were (he same as 'California Maru' was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries another Japanese yard.

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