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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has the firm of Ampol Petroleum Ltd in recent years placed an order with the Australian Shipbuilding Board for the construction of a tanker for the carriage of petroleum products on the Australian coast.

(2)   If so, when was the order placed with the Australian Shipbuilding Board.

(3)   When were tenders called.

(4)   When was the order placed with a shipyard.

(5)   Which shipyard was used.

(6)   What is the tonnage of the tanker and the cost to the owner.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the hon.nourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Ampol Petroleum Ltd placed an order with the Australian Shipbuilding Board for 'P. J.

Adams' in March 1957. The company placed on order with the Board for a second tanker on 3'lst August 1967.

(3)   Tenders were called in May 1957 for 'P. J. Adams' on 29th January 1970 for the second tanker.

(4)   The Australian Shipbuilding Board placed an order with the shipyard for 'P. J. Adams' in March 1958. The Board has not yet placed an order with a shipyard for the second tanker.

(5)   'P. J. Adams' was built at Whyalla.

(6)   At the time of construction the capacity of the 'P. J. Adams' was 33,000 deadweight tons. This vessel has since been 'jumboized' and its capacity is now 55,000 deadweight tons. The original cost to the owner was $6.8 million. The capacity of the second tanker will be about 23,400 deadweight tons but its cost has not been determined at this stage.

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