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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 444

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 20 May 1980:

(1)   Were any Australian National Line ships repaired in dry docks outside Australia in 1979.

(2)   If so, (a) how many, (b) when were the ships docked, (c) in which foreign ports were they docked, (d) what was the cost of each docking and (e) were reasons given for not docking in Australian ports and, if so, what were they in each case.

(3)   Will widening and extending Cairnscross dockyards, Queensland, ensure greater use of Australian docking facilities and Australian labour by ANL ships.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) 9.

(b)   & (c) see answer to (e).

(d)   This information is normally regarded as commercially confidential. It is therefore inappropriate to make it available.

(e)   Under the provisions of the Australian Shipping Commission Act, the Line is not required to seek my approval to dry-dock its ships unless expenditure on individual contracts is in excess of $500,000. The Line has, however, provided the following information:

Dates of Port of

Vessel docking docking Reason

Australian Escort 16.1.79-22.1.79 Kobe Australian yards declined to tender

ANRO Australia 27.1.79-7.2.79 Singapore Guarantee docking, major engine modification

Australian Emblem 28.1.79-13.2.79 Kobe Australian yards declined to tender

Australian Purpose 7.2.79-15.2.79 Gothenburg Docked at builders yard before commissioning

Australian Progress 22.2.79-23.2.79 Hamburg Too large for Australian docks

Mount Newman . . 18.3.79-27.3.79 Singapore Too large for Australian docks

Australian Endeavour 27.4.79-14.5.79 Bremen Australian yards declined to tender

Australian Exporter 5.7.79-23.7.79 Bremen Australian yards declined to tender

Allunga..... 6.8.79-22.8.79 Victoria (BC) Australian yards declined. to tender

(3)   I am not aware of any firm proposals to widen or extend the Cairnscross dry dock. The Government requires ANL to operate as a commercial enterprise, and it is therefore the Line's commercial responsibility to make decisions concerning the drydocking of particular ships. Australian yards are given the opportunity to tender where appropriate.

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