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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice: (il) What dry docking facilities exist on the Australian coast for ships in excess of 1,000 tons.

(2)   Are these facilities available in Australia for ships in excess of 60,000 tons such as the Amanda Miller'.

(3)   Is it intended that ships well in excess ot 60,000 tons will be built in Australia.

(4)   If so, what plans exist for the provision of dry docking facilities for them.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The following table sets out details of Australian dry docks available for commercial vessels in excess of 1,000 deadweight tons:



(2)   1 am advised that it would be possible for a vessel of the size of the 'Amanda Miller' to be docked at the Cairncross Dry Dock in Brisbane.

(3)   The largest size of vessel which can be constructed in Australian shipbuilding yards .is about 80,000 d.w.t. At the present time there are no orders on hand for ships in excess of this tonnage.

(4)   The Government is currently examining availability of and requirement for dry docking capacity in this country. The examination will take into account all likely future requirements.

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