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Statement by the Minister for Territories, the Hon» Paul --------------- Hasluck.

A major increase in shipping and cargo coupled with

extensive improvements to wharf facilities will enable Darwin

to rank as a world class deep waters port, the Minister for

Territories, the Hon. Paul Hasluck, M.P., said to-day.

Mr. Hasluck was commenting on the annual report for 1959/60

released this week by the recently established Northern

Territory Harbours and Marine Branch. '

Figures released in the report show that over the year

more than 140 merchant ships used the port of Darwin. This

represented a considerable increase over the previous year.

The tonnage of general cargo handled by these vessels

totalled 168,613 tons. a record number of 15,312 head of

cattle were exported, of which 6,320 were shipped to Hong Kong

and 8,992 head 00 eastern Australian ports. Port c: genditure

totalled £47,642 while revenue was estimated at £60,912.

Mr. Hasluck added that the Branch had extensive plans

under way to meet the increased shipping demand. Work would

c.ommen ce shortly on major wharf and installation improvements.

Tenders have been called fur,, the renewal of the decking

on the wharf at Fort Hill and recessed ~ ramp will be built on

the wharf to facilitate the loading of cattle and bufflo.

Plans are being drawn up for the building of an extension

jetty for the Stokes Hill Wharf and the squaring off of the '

western end of the wharf =

The Branch also plans to commence the container or

"lift on, lift off" system of storage for carton cargoes.

Mr. Hasluck went on to say that in Frances Bay dredging

and reclamation work was under way to improve the clearance

capacity of tie harbour.

Mr. Hasluck said that the harbour facilities would be

considerably improved when salvage work on the wartime vessels

was completed.

"The Japanese Fugita salvage company is making good progress

the Minister said. "Cutting up work has commenced on thellast

two vessels the United States destroyer "Peary" a.nd the British

ship "Neptuna". "The British Motorist" and the coal hulk

"Kelat" together with the "Zelandia", "Meigs" and "Mauna Loa"

have been completely removed" Mr. Hasluck added "and salvage

operations are expected to be completed by April next year".

Ca n b e r r a

November 17, I960 ~ P.M;