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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 569

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 3 May 1980:

What (a) procedures and (b) equipment exist to (i) effect the rescue of personnel involved in collisions between offshore industry mobile units and ships and (ii) deal with (a) safety aspects and (b) environmental hazards accompanying these incidents.

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

(a)   The safety of personnel on the mobile and fixed drilling units is primarily the responsibility of the State Government which has the day to day management of the off-shore oilfields and State regulations prescribe the detailed procedures and safety equipment. Shipping is required to comply with international conventions regarding safety arrangements and procedures.

(b)   The equipment and procedures of the National Plan to combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil are available to deal with ship sourced oil pollution and would be used in conjunction with the resources of the off-shore industry.

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