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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2265

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

(1)   What is the Government's commitment to cellular container ships

(2)   How many ships authorised by the Government are being used by the Australian National Line

(3)   What was the cost of these ships

(4)   How many more are either being planned or on order

(5)   What will be the cost of these ships

(6)   Has the Government entered into any agreement with the conference lines to guarantee a profitability level covering not only cellular container ships and other vessels of the Australian National Line but also of the conference lines.

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

(1)   The Government is not committed to any particular type of ship and it believes each type has an important role to play in Australia's total shipping requirements.

(2)   Cellular container ships being used by the Australian National Line are

(i)   'Australian Endeavour'

(ii)   'Echuca'

(iii)   'Darwin Trader' (also carries bulk cargoes)

(3)   The contract price of these vessels to A.N.L. was

(i)   41.06S million Deutsche Marks

(ii)   $US1. 8 million

(iii)   $A6 million

(4)   One cellular container ship is on order

(5)   The contract price is 55.707 million Deutsche Marks

(6)   No.

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