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Wife of Prime Minister to launch new ANL ship

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Press Statement No 14 June 1974


(Statement by the Australian Minister for Transport, the Honourable C.K. Jones, M.P.)

The Australian Minister for Transport, Mr C. K„ Jones,

said today that Mrs Margaret Whitlam, the wife of the Prime

Minister, would launch the Australian National Line's new vessel,

Australian Emblem, in Japan on 9 August„

The launching of the 23,000 tonne vehicle/deck container

vessel would take place at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Shipyard

in Kobe, and was scheduled to enter the Australian/Japan trade in

December this year. ·

Mr Jones said that the new ship would join the Eastern

Searoad Service, an integrated container service, comprising the

Australian National Line, Flinders Shipping Company Limited,

Kawasaki Risen Kaisha Ltd, 1K' Line) and a consortia of three

other Japanese Lines, Nippon Yuesn Kabushiki Kaisha (N.YoK.)

Mitsui-0.SoKe Lines Limited (Mo0 oL.) and Shinnihon Steamship Co.

Limited ( Y . S „ Line).

This large, fast vessel was the first of the E.S.S.

second generation and had been designed to meet the requirements

of the trade between the two countries particularly in respect

of refrigerated cargo.

"The vessel's design is a further development of the

concepts well known to the Australian National Line. It embodies·

the vehicle deck and cellular container concepts. This ensures

fast handling and turnabout times. This feature has particularly

attracted shippers to the Eastern Searoad Service," Mr Jones said.

The vessel had an overall length of 223 metres, a beam

of 30 metres and a draft of 10.36 metres. It also had a capacity

of 1410 x 5.9m containers.

Another vessel of the same type on order for the Flinders

Shipping Company Limited, an Australian Flag Company, was scheduled

to join the E.S.S. Service in mid-1975« The cost of both vessels

was $20M each.