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Wednesday, 20 November 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That the amendments be agreed to.

These amendments are designed to exempt small limited coast-trade craft under 50 tons gross register, also river and bay ships, from the necessity of being marked with deck-lines and load-lines. As pointed out in connexion with an earlier amendment, a vessel of 15 tons gross would measure about 40 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 5 or 6 feet deep. One of 50 tons gross would be, roughly, 70 feet long, 17 feet wide, and from 5 to 6 feet deep. With regard to the river and bay ships, it may be pointed out that the conditions under which these run are so dissimilar to those of seagoing vessels that requirements absolutely essential in the case of the latter would be quite inapplicable to the former. River and bay ships, as a general rule, trade only in smooth, or comparatively smooth, waters, and within easy reach of land should the weather at any time become rough.

Motion agreedTo.

Clause 225 - (1.) The owner of every ship shall, before going to sea, mark upon each of her sides a circular disc twelve inches in diameter with a horizontal line eighteen inches in length drawn through its centre. (3.) The position of the disc shall be fixed in accordance with the tables in force in the United Kingdom under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, subject to such allowance as may be made necessary by any difference between the position of the deck-line marked under this Act and the position of the line from which freeboard is measured under the said tables :

Provided that, in ships laden with coal or' dead-weight cargo, a line or mark shall be marked or affixed on the ship in the mode and position required by the Merchant Shipping Act for the Winter load-line, or in the case of sailing ships, the Winter North Atlantic loadline, and in the case of ships so laden the provisions of this Act shall have effect as to that line or mark as if it were drawn through the centre of the disc.

House of Representatives' Amendments.- Omit all the words after " with the ", line 2, to "tables", sub-clause 3, and insert "provisions of the Merchant Shipping Acts"; omit "coal or" in proviso, and after "cargo" insert "other than coal ".

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