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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2331

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Ship ping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   How many ships are under construction or on order (a) in Australia and (b) overseas for (i) the Australian National Line and (ii) other Australian owners.

(2)   What is the tonnage of each ship.

(3)   Who are the builders of each ship.

(4)   When was Government approval given for each order.

(5)   What is the estimated date of completion in each case.

Mr Hunt - As Acting Minister for Shipping and Transport I supply the following answer to the honourable member's question: 1 (a) and (b), 2, 3, 4 and 5. - The table sets out the ships under construction or on order, through the Australian Shipbuilding Board, in Australian yards for Australian owners.

In addition to the 26 vessels listed a number of smaller vessels are also under construction at various shipyards in Australia.

Only one vessel, to my knowledge, is at present on order or under construction overseas for an Australian owner. This is a ship of approximately 26,000 DWT which is to be built for the Australian National Line by Bremer Vulkan, Bremen Vegesack, West Germany. It is due to be completed in May 1972. Approval to purchase the vessel was given on 6th June 1969.


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