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MEDIA RELEASE

 

John Anderson

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

 

A21/99 4 th March 1999

 

AUSTRALIAN FERRIES TO INDONESIA

 

Opportunities for the sale of Australian ferries into the Indonesian market have never looked better, the Minister for Tra nsport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

 

Speaking after last week’s Australia Indonesia Development Area (AIDA) Ministerial meeting in Bali, Mr Anderson said he was encouraged that his Indonesian counterpart, HE Giri Suseno, had agreed that officials from the two countries should talk about ways to develop this new market.

 

The breakthrough followed an inspection by the ministers of boats in Benoa Harbour in Bali. They met with Peter Duncan, General Manager of Bali Hai Tours, who has developed a successful tourist trade using catamarans designed and built in Australia.

 

The boats, designed and built in Western Australia by Austal Ships, provide a twice-daily tour service to outer Balinese islands.

 

Mr Anderson said there are tremendous opportunities for Australian companies seeking access to the ferry market in Indonesia.

 

“In a country of 17,000 islands, the logistics of moving people and freight is one of enormous difficulty. Ferries are an obvious solution,” he said.

 

“Given Australia already has 40% of the world’s market in high speed ferries, we are in a strong position to be able to find transport solutions for Indonesia.”

 

There are already a number of international operators using Australian-built high speed ferries for both passengers and freight. They are being used on major routes which include the English Channel, North Sea, Baltic Sea and the Persian Gulf.

 

During their discussions, the two ministers spoke about a range of financing options that might facilitate an increase in the number of Australian built ferries in Indonesia.

 

Media contact:  Paul Chamberlin 02 6277 7680  /  0419 233989

 

 

 

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