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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 2 1 February 1 979:

(1)   What was the nature and number of each of the deficiencies discovered during tanker inspections by his Department referred to in his Press statement of IS January 1979.

(2)   What specific action has he initiated in respect of each of the deficiencies discovered in (a) tankers registered in Australia and (b) tankers registered overseas and what was the result of this action.

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

(1)   and (2) During the period 1 August 1977 to 31 December 1978, 230 tanker inspections were made by officers of the Department of Transport. On 108 of these inspections no deficiencies were found. The remaining inspections revealed 480 deficiencies. These deficiencies covered both non compliance with the Navigation Act and non compliance with provisions of the 'International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals'. The nature and number of the deficiencies found are listed below in four groups together with the follow-up action in respect of deficiencies in each of those groups. The first three groups consist of deficiencies of various degrees of seriousness under the Tanker Safety Guide. The fourth group consists of deficiencies under the Navigation Act.



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