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Continuation of shipping service to the east cost of South America

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FOR PRESS No. 1215



(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. -J. McEwen.)

The Australian-South America Line shipping

service between Australia and the east coast of South America

is to resume sailings in January, 1965, the Deputy Prime '

Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. J. McEwen,

announced today.

"The Commonwealth has'agreed to an extension

of the present Agreement with William Heale Pty. Ltd., the

operator of the service," he said.

Mr. McEwen said that William Heale Pty. Ltd.

intended using the Japan Lines vessel "Kohcho Maru1 1 for the next sailing in January. This vessel of 10,304 tons deadweight,

was scheduled to load at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and

Fremantle for discharge in the ports of Montevideo, Buenos ·

Aires, Santo's and Rio de Janeiro. -

"Under the Agreement signed with the Commonwealth

in 1961, the Company was to have provided eight voyages between

main Australian ports and ports in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil,

Mr. McEwen said. "However, largely because of circumstances

outside the control of the company, it was possible to complete

only five voyages within the Agreement period. The extension

of the Agreement until December, 1965, will allow the company

to complete the remaining three voyages.1 1

Canberra, A.C.T.

21st December, 1964 104/64T