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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
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Mr Nixon asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Australian National Line negotiating for the building of any ships overseas.

(2)   If so (a) with what companies are the negotiations taking place, (b) what trade will the ships enter, and (c) what tonnage are the proposed ships.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) Inquiries have been made of several European shipyards to seek indicative prices and delivery dates for large bulk carriers. Offers have been received from the following shipyards:

Blohm and Voss A.G., Hamburg

Rheinstal Nordseewerke, Emden

Gotaverken A/B, Gothenburg.

The Line has been authorised to enter into negotiations with Gotaverken A/B for the building of two ships:

(b)   the Australia/ Japan ore trade

(c)   121,250 metric tons deadweight.

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