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Friday, 30 October 1970

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

(l)   Has the Shell Co. of Australia 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)   Ii so, when was the order placed wilh the Australian Shipbuilding Board.

(3)   When were tenders called.

(4)   When was an 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 honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Shell Co. of Australia placed an order with the Australian Shipbuilding Board for 'Cellana' on 9th October 1963. The Company was given approval to import a 72,000 d.w.t. tanker on 25th May 1969 on condition that an order for replacement was made within 3 years of date of importation. It placed an order with the Board for a large crude oil tanker on 2nd September 1970.

(3)   Tenders for 'Cellana' were called on 10th September 1965 but have not yet been called for the crude oil tanker.

(4)   The Australian Shipbuilding Board placed an order with the shipyard for 'Cellana' on 15th August 1966.

(5)   'Cellana' was built at Whyalla.

(6)   The 'Cellana' is 22,000 deadweight tons and cost the owner $5.2m. The crude oil tanker will be about 72,000 deadweight tons and the cost to the owner has not been determined al this stage.

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