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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 984

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Ship ping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What is the distance between (a) Western Australian ore ports and Japan (b) Queensland coal ports and Japan and (c) Western Australian ore ports and Queensland coal ports.

(2)   What is the tonnage of the largest ore and coal ships trading between Australia and Japan.

(3)   What limits apply to the tonnage of ships through Bass and Torres Straits.

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


(b)   Hay Point Gladstone 3,981 miles 4,132 miles Moji area 4,000 miles 4,210 miles Osaka area 4,100 miles 4,393 miles Tokyo area 4,207 miles 4,305 miles North of

Yokohama 4,487 miles 4,775 miles Hokkaido

(c)   Dampier-Hay Point, 2,580 miles Dampier-Gladstone, 2,810 miles Pt Hedland-Hay Point, 2,474 miles Pt Hedland-Gladstone, 2,692 miles.

(2)   Iron ore carriers, 160,000 DWT; coal bulk carriers, 120,000 DWT.

(3)   The maximum draught of vessels using Torres Strait is limited to approximately 381 ft No limits apply to Bass Strait.

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