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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 307

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

(1)   Which Australian ports are equipped to handle containers.

(2)   What was the cost of providing the necessary facilities in each case.

(3)   What is the container handling capacity of each.

(4)   How many containers were handled by each port during 1971.

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

As most Australian ports are capable of handling containers in one way or another, my reply has been restricted to those terminals established solely to handle cellular container ships at the 4 major ports.

Much of the information required to answer the question has had to be obtained from sources outside my Department. Some information could not be obtained because it is commercially confidential or would have required extensive research on the part of the Authority or Company concerned. In these circumstances, the replies to parts of Questions 2, 3 and 4 are incomplete.

(1)   -

Fremantle - No. 12 North Quay

Melbourne - Swanson Dock

Sydney- White Bay

Brisbane - No. 2 Hamilton Wharf

(2)   Expenditure by -

Fremantle Port Authority - $5.4m.

Melbourne Harbour Trust - $14.5m.

Maritime Service Board of New South Wales - $29m (includes expenditure to date on new Glebe Island terminal)

Brisbane Wharves and Wool Dumping Pty Ltd - $6m (approximately).

Expenditure by other private companies is not available as it is commercially confidential.

(3)   The following average rates of container handling are indicative of the handling capacity of each terminal.

Fremantle- average gross rate 20 to 25 containers per hour.

Melbourne - average gross rate of 20 containers per hour

Sydney - average gross rate of 16 containers per hour

Brisbane - average gross rate of 23 containers per hour.


Fremantle - 88,000 containers. This is equivalent to 48,000, 20 foot units

Melbourne - not available

Sydney - 120,000, 20 foot containers (estimate)

Brisbane- 30,000, 20 foot containers.

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