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Friday, 30 October 1970


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

(1)   Have the firms of Caltex Oil (Australia) Ply Ltd and H. C. Sleigh Ltd in recent years placed an order wilh 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 honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Botany Bay Tanker Co. Ltd, an Australian registered company formed jointly by the overseas oil company Caltex Oil Australia Pty Ltd and the Australian public company H. C. Sleigh Ltd, placed an order with the Australian Shipbuilding Board on 18th December 1969.

(3)   Tenders were called on 14th August 1970.

(4)   The Australian Shipbuilding Board has not yet placed an order with a shipyard.

(5)   See (4).

(6)   The tanker will be about 62,000 deadweight tons and the cost to the owner has not been determined at this stage.







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